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§^9 FALL 2002 


Message from the President 2 

Robert Reich Commencement Speaker 3 

New Trustee and Overseers 3 

Academics at Lasell 4-7 

Campus Update 8-9 

Lasell Village 10-11 

People at Lasell 12 

Sports 14-15 

Alumni News & Events 1 6-20 

Annual Fund 21 

Giving & Receiving 22-23 

Class Notes Inside 




PERMIT NO. 51347 

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Lasell College 

NEWTON, MA 02466-2716 

















Lasell Prepares for Reaccreditation by NEASC 

November 3, 2002 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher 
Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

CTJHE is one of eight accrediting commissions 
in the United States that provide institutional 
accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation 
is voluntary and applies to the institution as a 
whole. The Commission, which is recognized 
by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits 
approximately 200 institutions in the six-state 
New England region. 

Lasell has been accredited by the Commission 
since December, 1932 and was last reviewed in 
1992. Its accreditation by the New England 
Association encompasses the entire institution. 

For the past year and a half, Lasell has been 
engaged in a process of self-study, addressing 
the Commission's Standards for Accreditation. 
An evaluation team will visit Lasell to gather evi- 
dence that the self-study is thorough and accurate 
and will then recommend to the Commission a 
continuing status for the institution; following a 
review process, the Commission itself will take 
the final action. 

As part of the self-study process, Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow held a 

Dr. Jim Ostrow fields discussion at the May Town Meeting. 

Town Meeting on May 21, 2002 that brought 
together nearly 100 students, staff, faculty, 
trustees, and Lasell Village residents. 

"We need to be aware that as Lasell expands and 
further redefines itself, some people will welcome 
changes, some will not, all will find them challeng- 

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An Intensive Examination and Reaffirmation 
of LaselPs Core Educational Philosophy 

sesquicentennial year, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow was doing more 
than helping to celebrate the past. His essential task was to organize and implement the 
intensive self-study process that would involve the entire College as it readies itself for 
reaccreditation, an external and internal evaluation that takes place once a decade. 

"The goal has been to involve the entire College 
community in an ongoing effort to think imagina- 
tively about strengths, weaknesses, and opportuni- 
ties for institutional enrichment in all areas," Dr. 
Ostrow explains. "Ours was a calculated effort to 
direct thinking in an openly critical while also 
positive and forward manner." 

Participation across the campus was invited. 
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni participated in 
focus groups that ultimately yielded four intersect- 
ing themes and objectives that would define 

Lasell College's strategic priorities for the begin- 
ning of the 21st century. 
The themes are: 

• Connected Learning: to saturate all program- 
ming with Lasell's unique and valuable 
connected learning philosophy. 

• Intellectual Curiosity: to foster a culture of 

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Reaccreditation: An External Assessment 

of intense competition for students and resources. We have collectively celebrated the many 
accomplishments - and judged them to be worthy of support and praise. But how "good" is 
Lasell really? Despite strong, stable, and thoughtful leadership from the Cabinet, with little 
turnover in recent years, are we guilty of self-absorption? Can we judge ourselves fairly? Do we 
see and act upon our strengths and our weaknesses? Are we on the proverbial "right track?" 

There is no better way to answer these ques- 
tions than by bringing a team of professional 
educators — ideally from institutions recognized 
as more prestigious (and wealthy) than Lasell — 
to our campus for four days to check us out. 

In early November that is exactly what the 
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 
of the New England Association of Schools and 
Colleges will do. It is time for our regularly 
scheduled 10-year reaccreditation, a prerequisite 
for eligibility for federal student financial aid, as 
well as a recognized stamp of approval without 
which Lasell could not exist. This year, the visit 
of eight faculty and administrators from institu- 
tions such as Trinity College, Hamilton, St. 
Michael's, and Bryant will also serve to accredit, 
we expect, our new graduate program. 

Before arriving on campus, they will review 
our Self-Study, a 100-page document developed 
over 18 months by a dedicated group of Lasell 
faculty, staff, students, and trustees. Several Lasell 
Village residents also participated in this process 
of self-assessment. The Commission's team mem- 
bers will use the four days on campus to validate 
our findings, identify areas of weakness that we 
can address before the Commission's next visit — 
hopefully not for another 10 years! — and cele- 

brate our strengths. As a Commissioner for six 
years in the nineties, and subsequently chair of 
visiting teams (in my case, usually to troubled 
institutions), I believe I have a good sense of 
what is expected of Lasell. Indeed, it has been 
part of my strategy to enhance this college's repu- 
tation by exposing it to the critical eyes of profes- 
sionals (we survived five visits in the first three 
years of my presidency) instead of glitzy self- 
serving ad campaigns. 

This is therefore another opportunity for the 
New England higher education community to 
experience the reinvigorated Lasell. Since the last 
full visit, we have 

• Doubled in size 

• Gone coed 

• Expanded and modernized the 
physical campus 

• Improved the quality of students 

• Strengthened the faculty 

• Stabilized our finances 

• Created Lasell Village 

• Added a graduate program 

While the visit itself is always fraught with 
some tension, the process of reaccreditation is 
immensely valuable. Non-governmental self- 

assessment and peer review are part of the reason 
that American institutions of higher learning enjoy 
a solid reputation for quality around the globe. 

At Lasell, the process, which began in 2001 and 
ends with the Commission's findings next March, 
has forced us to think again about the direction 
in which Lasell is heading. By learning more 
about ourselves, we are better prepared to define 
our future through the creation of a new strategic 
plan, beginning this fall. It will help us to answer 
the most pressing issue confronting Lasell: What 
is our optimum size and how do we manage 
future change? 

I will report on the results of the visit in the 
next issue of Leaves. 



Thomas E. J. de Witt, Ph.D. 



intellectual curiosity and intergenerational 

• College Community Involvement: to increase 
commitment to and involvement in the 
Lasell College community. 

• Civic and Personal Responsibility: to develop 
the dispositions of citizenship and a respon- 
sibility for one's own education and future. 

"These four themes are the foundation of 
assessment and planning in all areas discussed in 
the Self-Study," explains Dr. Ostrow. The philoso- 
phy of connected learning should infuse peda- 
gogy and curricular design in every academic 
program; it should also pervade programming 
throughout student life and largely define the 
direction of faculty development and support. 

"The goal for our academic and student life- 
programming at Lasell is to stimulate an intellec- 
tual environment and to enrich a culture of 
faculty professional development and scholarship. 
We want students to experience an attachment to 
Lasell and recognize their responsibility for the 
well-being of the College as a community. The 
same is true of initiatives designed to increase 

faculty and staff commitment to the institution, 
including expanded opportunities for faculty/ 
student interaction and collaboration beyond the 
walls of the classroom," Dr. Ostrow continues. 

"Citizenship and a commitment to the civic 
virtues of a just society are possible only through 
the development of moral and individual respon- 
sibility. This should be one of the outstanding 
hallmarks of a Lasell education and student life 
programming. Public service has long been a 
centerpiece of the Lasell educational vision and 
this is particularly relevant given the events of 
the past year and the renewed need for active 
involvement in a global community. This theme 
goes to the heart of College event planning and a 
larger institutional interest in remaining in tune 
programmatically with changing social events 
and issues." 

According to Dr. Ostrow, "The four intersect- 
ing strategic-priority themes define the heart and 
soul of the institution and its goals for the next 
decade. "The term 'intersection' is key," he main- 
tains, "because there is scarcely any existing or 
planned initiative falling under one theme that 
does not embody characteristics of the others. 
These themes define Lasell College's collective 
decision about where it is now and where it will 
go next." **• 



ing. The key is to ensure that everyone in the 
community feels connected, informed and 
invested," he explained. 

The public is invited to submit comments 
regarding the institution to: Public Com- 
ment on Lasell College, CIHE, New Eng- 
land Association of Schools and Colleges, 
209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730- 
1433 or email them to The 
comments must address substantive matters 
related to the quality of the institutiorv will 
not be treated as confidential, and must be 
received by November 6, 2002. Comments 
should include the name, address, and 
telephone number of the person providing 
the comments. 

The Commission cannot settle disputes 
between individuals and institutions. Indi- 
viduals submitting complaints against an 
affiliated institution should request the sepa- 
rate Policy and Procedures for the Consider- 
ation of Complaints Made Against Affiliated 
Institutions from the Commission office. >* 



FALL 2002 

Robert Reich Talks to Lasell 
Graduates about Choices at the 
College's 147th Commencement 

candidates in the Massachusetts gubernatorial primary, offered the 110 graduates at Lasell 
College's 147th commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19, 2002, candid and pithy 
advice about how to chart their futures in the new economy. 

"Your first real job won't 
last long. And it should 
not last long." 

"You do not have to go to law school or to 
business school or to any other place where 
careers are prepared and packaged," he assured 
the overflowing gathering of some 1000 graduates, 
their families, and friends at Lasell's Athletic Cen- 
ter, "though, by all means go if you are genuinely 
interested. But," he cautioned, "don't go just to 
add another credential to your curriculum vitae 
or just to keep the doors open. 
The rule is unless a professional 
degree is absolutely necessary 
for what you want to do — 
it isn't." 

With his characteristic humor 
and insight, weaving his own 
experiences into his speech, the 
former Labor Secretary in Bill Clinton's first admin- 
istration talked about what students might expect 
from their professional lives in the work force. 

"Your first real job won't last long. And it 
should not last long. Ifs an opportunity to get 
your bearings and discover some things about 
yourself. Your second job will count for far more. 
You've got to find a good boss — a mentor who 
will teach you and give you a chance to test your 
■wings. From then on, prospective employers 
won't care about your grades, they're not going to 
care about your degrees. They're going to be far 
more interested in how well you did at the job 
just before — how cleverly you solved a problem; 
how well you worked with other people; your 
energy and your initiative. 

"In this economy," he continued, "formal 
credentials count for less. Knowledge is important, 
of course, but knowledge is changing so quickly 
that any specific bit of it is bound to be obsolete 
pretty soon. The education you have just received 
at Lasell gives you the tools to gain new knowl- 
edge — most of which you will gain on the job." 

Robert Reich urged his listeners to recognize 
and distinguish the many choices that lie before 
them — "matters of interest, unanticipated places 
and times," he said. "Please, don't subject your 
future to cost benefit analyses. There are just 
too many variables. You will never fulfill other 
people's expectations if thaf s what you're trying 
to do. And be careful of trying to fulfill your own 
expectations," he added. "You don't know 
enough about yourselves yet to have clear expec- 
tations. Give yourselves enough breathing room 
to grow and to change." 

He continued, "Now here comes the hard 
part — are you ready? Knowledge is not enough. 
You also need some wisdom. Knowledge is 
knowing how to accomplish something — ifs 
know-how. Wisdom is knowing why you should 
accomplish it. Wisdom involves values — 
judgments about what is important and worthy for 
you to be doing. Wisdom requires self-knowledge. 
In order to make wise choices about your life's 
work, you'll need to know something about who 
you are and be able to imagine the kind of 

person that you want to be. 

"Gaining self-knowledge," Reich continued, 
"comes from failing — crashing headlong into the 
wall of your character and, have no doubts about 
it, you graduates are going to fail in some way, at 
some time. In fact, you are going to keep crashing 
into that character wall again and again until you 
finally realize ifs there and you either have to 
knock it down or figure out how to 
get over it." 

A long time civil servant, Robert 
Reich was the nation's 22nd Secretary 
of Labor during the first term of Presi- 
dent Bill Clinton. As Secretary of 
Labor, Robert Reich initiated a national 
crusade to abolish sweatshops in the United 
States and to eradicate child labor around the 
world, and saw the Family and Medical Leave 
Act passed and implemented. In addition, Secre- 
tary Reich was instrumental in raising the mini- 
mum wage for the first time since 1989. 

Robert Reich was an assistant to the solicitor 
general in the administration of Gerald Ford, 
representing the United States before the U.S. 
Supreme Court, and headed the policy planning 
staff of the Federal Trade Commission in the 
Jimmy Carter adrninistration. Prior to becoming 
Labor Secretary, Mr. Reich was a member of the 
faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government. 

Robert Reich addresses the Class of 2002. 

In addition to his work on the campaign trail 
running for governor, Robert Reich is the Maurice 
B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy 
at Brandeis University. Robert Reich has authored 
eight books, including The Work of Nations, which 
has been translated into 22 languages, the best- 
seller, Locked in the Cabinet, and, most recently, 
The Future of Success, published by Alfred Knopf. 
He is also frequently on radio and television 
offering commentary on news and social policy 

Robert Reich, 55, is a resident of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts with his wife, Clare Dalton, a 
leading feminist legal scholar who is Northeastern 
University's Matthews Distinguished University 
Professor. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth 
College in 1968, an MA. from Oxford University, 
and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1973. **• 

New Trustee and Overseers Elected 

was elected a trustee and Shirley Hannafin Adams '51, Katherine Meredith '94, and Celia 
Kinsley Percival '34 were appointed overseers. 

Francis J. Perry, III is a Vice President at 
Meredith & Grew in downtown Boston and 
has twenty years of appraisal and consulting 
assignments on real estate projects located in 
New England. He serves on several boards, 
including the Italian Home for Children, and is 
also an assessor in the town of Medfield and a 
member of the Long Term Planning Study 
Group for the town of Westwood, Massachu- 
setts where he and his family reside. 

Shirley Hannafin Adams '51, received her 
A.S. degree in Health Science after completing 
the Medical Secretarial Program at Lasell. 
Shirley was active in student activities, singing 
in the Orphean Club and serving as a member 
of the Executive Council, the crew, and soccer 
teams. The Adams are avid travelers as well as 
collectors of fine wines. Shirley and her hus- 
band Bob live in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and 
have been loyal supporters of Lasell's Annual 
Fund as well as the Campaign for Lasell 150. 

Katherine Meredith '94, a graduate of the 
Physical Therapist Assistant program, was a 
non-traditional student at Lasell. A cancer 
survivor, she established the Jason C. Georgilas 
Endowed Scholarship in memory of Linda 
Georgilas' son, who died in an automobile 
accident. Linda and Katherine were classmates 
and are great friends. Education is of great 
importance to Katherine and she is grateful to 
Lasell and is a generous supporter of the 
Annual Fund. 

Celia Kinsley Percival '34, has various con- 
nections to Lasell. Following graduation, Celia 
was employed by the College where she man- 
aged the alumnae records. Her husband John's 
mother managed the Lasell Bookstore. Celia 
now lives in Bradenton, Florida, and is a loyal 
supporter of the Annual Fund and the Lasell 
150 Campaign. In honor of her 65th reunion, 
she established the John O. and Celia Kinsley 
Percival '34 Endowed Scholarship. **• 

FALL 2002 




New Advising System and First Year 
Seminar Planned for Incoming Students 


for the School of Allied Health and Sports Studies, exudes enthusiasm when she discusses 
the academic systems that are in place for this year's incoming students. 

"We are working to create an environment for 
success that has many levels of engagement," she 
explains. "The First Year Experience includes 
enrolling in a first year seminar and working with 
a first year academic advisor as well as a peer 

"First Year Seminar is an elective offering, but 
its success has caught on. It appears that by the 
end of summer orientation we may have to add 
additional sections because so many students 
have signed up," she continues. 

When next year's class of 
incoming students arrived on 
campus in June for orientation, 
they found their academic support 
system already in place. Academic 
advisors, who are either faculty 
or staff, were there to meet them. 
These faculty and staff have 
engaged in workshops and profes- 
sional development in order to 
become proficient in the advising 
process. Each first year advisor, 
who is assisted by a student peer 
mentor, has approximately 15 advisees. Advisors 
meet with their advisees throughout the year on 
a regular basis both formally and informally. 
Advisors are there to discuss academic options and 
to suggest classes of interest as well as to indicate 
required classes. Advisors are a rich resource on 
campus with whom new students should feel 
comfortable on many levels. 

The student peer mentors, who will be assisting 
the first year advisors, are a new addition to the 
First Year Experience. In the 2002 spring semester, 
a course titled "Peer Mentorship and Organization 
Leadership" was offered for the first time. Nomi- 

nated by the faculty, the 11 participating students 
were responsible and committed members of the 
Lasell community who were able to take on this 
extra load. 

"We are so lucky to have had this group of 
pioneers who have gone above and beyond the 
class requirements," exclaims Lisa Harris. This 
first peer mentor class is a diverse group from 
different majors. They became a cohesive group 
very quickly and are responsible for the immediate 
success of the program. They are so committed that 
they agreed to meet at 8 o'clock 
in the morning, since this was 
the only time that fit in with 
their schedules. 

"The topics covered in the 
classroom were rigorous and the 
e 1,1 I i ■ •■■ students commented that they 

found the class to be more acad- 
emic than they had anticipated. 
Not only did they learn the ins 

This year's First Year 
Seminar has been totally 
redesigned and expanded to 

development and social 


and outs of advising, but they 
dealt with topics such as educa- 
tional practices, confidentiality, 
conflict resolution, and multicultural considera- 
tions," continues Lisa Harris. "Working with a 
first year advisor constituted the service-learning 
component of the class." 

Outside guest speakers came to seminar 
sessions, including two Lasell trustees. Robert 
Huntington, vice president of strategic planning 
at Allied Domecq Retailing USA, spoke about 
teamwork from a corporate perspective, and 
Priscilla Glidden, associate professor of manage- 
ment at Bentley College, spoke about team devel- 
opment and leadership. 

"The peer mentors give us a whole new level 

of connection to 
incoming students. 
They can do a lot that 
the advisor can't and 
can serve as a liaison 
between student and 
advisor," says Dean 
Harris. "The group 
has such pride in 
Lasell, and we have 
such pride in them. 
When I asked these 
mentors what they got 
out of the class, they 
replied, 'We feel like 
leaders.' " 

This year's First 
Year Seminar has been 
totally redesigned and 
expanded to focus on 
both academic skill 

During June Orientation, the Class of 2006 learn their way around campus. 

Peer mentors (left to right) Katrina Hester '03, Vanessa Solivan 
'03 and Dan Costa '04 join Associate Dean Lisa Harris. 

development and social issues. Taught by faculty 
and staff members, who are assisted by student 
co-facilitators, the seminars are theme-based 
project-focused classes where students work with 
faculty on mutually interesting topics. Academic 
topics are integrated into the class through read- 
ings, discussion, working on team projects, field 
trips, in-class activities, and explorations of the 
campus. Students will receive one credit and can 
elect to receive a grade or to take the course on a 
pass /fail basis. 

Most seminars are open to all students and the 
faculty have put together a fun and intriguing list 
of topics for 2002 that cover a wide range. With 
titles that include "Field of Dreams," "Survivor," 
"A Few Good Movies," and "The Beatles," there's 
plenty to whet the appetite. 

Some seminars are designed for specific 
majors. Students in a technology seminar called 
"Using Technology to Make College Life Easier" 
will work with the most current technology that 
helps with the transition to college, such as time 
management and how to adjust to having a 
roommate. Fashion students have the option to 
take a first year seminar that has a service-learning 
component that involves them in coaching women 
in shelters on how to dress for job interviews. 

A lot of thought and pre-planning has gone 
into making the First Year Experience a positive 
and exciting one. The Class of 2006 will be the 
beneficiaries of the enthusiasm and brainstorming 
behind all the components that make up this new 
approach. »- 



FALL 2002 

Honors Program Fosters 
Intellectual Engagement on Campus 

Ihe honors program at lasell was first opened to students in 

the fall of 2000 with the goal of "raising the level of academic discourse on the Lasell 
campus, supporting and recognizing academic achievement, and challenging students 
and faculty to think together 'outside the box/ " explains Associate Dean Steven Bloom, 
Ph.D., director of the program. Participation in the program has grown each year, and 
this fall some 98 students from all four classes, or about 10 percent of the student body, 
will be enrolled. 

Five years ago, a task force, comprised of faculty, 
students, and staff, considered what type of 
honors program would meet the needs of Lasell 
students. The result was a program that focuses 
on community-building and leadership, one that 
is designed around the Lasell hallmarks of 
student teaching, connected-learning and 
social responsibility. 

'Teaming is about much more than acquiring 
and retaining knowledge created by others," says 
President de Witt. "It is a journey of self-discovery, 
of questioning accepted truths, of challenging 
conventional wisdom and of personal fulfillment, 
all of which the Honors Program promotes and 

"One of the program's main objectives is to 
challenge our students so, when the first students 
to complete the Honors Program graduate this 
year, it will be with great pride that Lasell will 
recognize them as academic leaders who have 
made a difference in changing the face of our 
institution," says Dr. Bloom. 

Graduating seniors in the Honors Program will 
have completed eight honors courses, including 
four required courses and four electives. Electives 
are often chosen from regular courses with 

Honors students Amber King '04 (left) and Michelle Bartlett '04 
(right) present a report during connected Learning Symposium 

honors components, which require special 
projects that challenge students to delve more 
deeply, and in different ways, into the subject 
matter. Honors Components are offered every 
semester in at least one course in every depart- 
ment across the College. 

During their first year, students participate in the 
Honors Colloquium that focuses on community- 
building and includes a series of presentations by 
Lasell faculty from different disciplines. Leadership 
is the topic of the sophomore seminar, which 
includes a service-learning component. Last year, 
students in Professor John Carroll's Leadership II 
class produced an Honors newsletter, called "The 
Honors Informant," which will be the prototype 
for future issues. "The Honors students who cre- 
ated the newsletter recognized a need in the com- 
munity and took on a leadership role in meeting 
that need with a publication that serves as a 
model for improved communication across the 
College," says Dr. Bloom. 

In the junior year, students take a seminar that 
concentrates on a special interdisciplinary topic 
that includes research as well as connected-learn- 
ing opportunities. The culmination of the pro- 
gram is the senior Honors Capstone course. This 
is linked to the capstone course in each 

student's major and during the spring's Connect- 
ed Learning Symposium Week (see story page 6), 
senior Honors students make public presentations 
of their projects. Throughout their four years, 
Honors students must demonstrate continuing 
excellence in their academic work, as indicated 
by their GPA and other factors, such as faculty 

As the Honors Program has grown, it has ben- 
efited from the support of the Honors Advisory 
Board, comprised of faculty, administrators and 
students from each class. "The Board serves as a 
sounding board for ideas," explains Dean Bloom. 
"We discuss policy changes, curricula changes 
and ideas on the development of the program. 
It has given the Honors students themselves a 
chance to contribute to the program's evolution." 

This fall, a pilot project involving the use of 
electronic portfolios (see story page 6) is being 
introduced. First year Honors students will 
receive instruction and guidance On the process 
of selecting materials that will represent the best 
of their work, as well as chronicling their devel- 
opment — academically, intellectually, and 

continued on page 12 

Lasell's Study Abroad Program Gains Momentum 


opportunities for students to go abroad has increased. In the past, ties with Matsuyama 
Shinonome Junior College and Yamawaki Gakuen Junior College in Japan made study in 
that country possible, but if students wanted to go elsewhere, they had to identify and link 
to their own programs and received little or no financial aid. In spring 2001, Brewer Doran, 
Ph.D., dean for the School of Business and Information, was appointed Director of Foreign 
Study, and under her leadership a more formalized approach has been initiated. 

"One of the first things we implemented is a 
library of programs abroad, situated in Bancroft 
House, as a way to centralize resources," explains 
Dean Doran. "We are currently working to devel- 
op relationships with various universities abroad. 
Our goal is to provide opportunities for students 
in every major to find programs abroad that tie 
into their areas of study." 

This past spring, four students went to Eng- 
land, three studying at the American International 
University (AIU) and one at Regents College in 

London. The majors represented by these stu- 
dents were Fashion, Graphic Design, Business, 
and Legal Studies. Students were able to use their 
federal and state aid to help finance these pro- 
grams and, at AIU, they could pre-plan their 
classes to go with their degrees. The experiences 
the students had were irreplaceable. 

Betsey Chominski '03, a Legal Studies major, 
applied for Rockford College's program at 
Regents College in London and was accepted. "I 
worked it out with Justice Studies Department 

Betsey Chominski (front right) with friends from Regents 
College, London. 

Chair Linda Bucci, Dean Doran, and Registrar 
Dianne Polizzi, and I took Critical Thinking, 
International Relations, Performing Arts, History 
of London, and World Relations. I would say that 
my time spent in London was the most amazing 
experience of my 20 years of existence. 
I was exposed to things I never dreamed of. 

continued on page 13 

FALL 2002 




"Connected Learning Symposium Week" 
Showcases Student Work 

Symposium Week," April 22 - 26, was a robust display of students' academic accomplishments. 


A dynamic showcase of class presentations, 
discussions, project display fair, poetry reading, 

Student art was displayed in Yamawaki during Connected 
Learning Week. 

art exhibit and, at the end of the week, the Moulin 
Rouge Fashion Show, the week's schedule of 
presentations ran from 8 a.m. to often as late 
as 9 p.m. 

On Monday evening there was a reception for 
students in the Honors Program at the President's 
House, and student awards were presented later 
in de Witt Hall. There was so much going on that 
it was hard to choose what to go to when. 

Under the direction of Lasell's dedicated faculty, 
the week showcased Lasell students' hard work, 
creativity, and commitment to intellectual iiiquiry. 
"Students from across all programs participated," 
said Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic 
Affairs. "It was an academic festival in which the 
students were the presenters and experienced 
communicating their work in a public forum. 
They received feedback and the sessions were 
used as a means of assessment by the faculty." 

In Assistant Professor Diane Donatio's Effective 
Speaking Class, students were asked to talk on 

Fashion students on their way to the Moulin 
Rouge Show. 

a topic of their choosing for either five or 10 
minutes. At the end of that time, classmates com- 
mented on the presentation. Brenda Knowles '04 
spoke about a fundraiser she helps with every 
year in Wakefield, MA that honors her friend, Jen 
Di Reeno, who died from cancer in 1999. 

"I knew immediately what my topic would 
be," said Brenda. "Jen was an incredible person, 
loving, open and upbeat, and she deserved the 
best I could give. 

We really didn't know what we were getting 
into that first year of the fundraiser, but some- 
how we got the necessary permits, got some 
bands to play, and sent out flyers for publicity. 
It rained all weekend long and we had to set up 
a makeshift tent. Even though we had no experi- 
ence, we raised $1500 that we donated to the 

continued on page 13 


Electronic Portfolio Chronicles Student 
Experiences in College 

Electronic Portfolio project is being introduced to approximately 40 first-year students. 
"The portfolio process embodies Lasell's core philosophy of connected-learning, through 
which we seek to engage students in valuing their education as more than what John 
Dewey calls something 'received and left behind/" explains Jim Ostrow, vice president for 
Academic Affairs. 

"We want the Lasell student to be a productive 
versus a consumptive learner, becoming commit- 
ted to a successful and rewarding career, an 
ongoing life of intellectual exploration, and active 
citizenship," he continues. Put together over a 
four-year period, the student's electronic portfolio 
will actively engage the student, bringing to the 
fore the interconnectedness of all parts of the 
college experience, including courses, student 
activities, and on and off campus projects. 

All first year Management Information System 
and Computer Science students, as well as all 
first year Honors students, will begin building 
electronic portfolios this fall. "They will learn the 
nuts and bolts of how to put their portfolios 
together in Personal Computer 131," explains 
Deborah Gelch, director of Information Technolo- 
gy. "They will create their portfolios in MS Word, 
as html files, which will be stored on their 

personal directory on the campus network within 
the portfolio folder." 

The first thing students will be asked to do is 
to create their autobiography. Using this as a 
base, they will reflect on their expectations and 
goals for their Lasell educational career. Over the 
course of four years at Lasell, these values and 
goals will shift, and the history of this progres- 
sion will be in their portfolio. 

Four themes — connected-learning, intellectual 
curiosity, personal responsibility, and civic 
responsibility — have been developed as organi- 
zational tools to help students reflect on the 
meaning and value of the discrete parts of their 
college experience and the whole of their educa- 
tional growth. Each of these themes reflects core 
components of the Lasell College educational 


Students will store their electronic portfolios in their per- 
sonal directory on the campus network. 

For seniors, the electronic portfolio will provide 
a visible chronicle of their accomplishments over 
their four-year college experience. Additionally, 
by articulating the relationship of the Lasell expe- 
rience to evolving professional career interests, 
aspirations, and goals, the electronic portfolio will 
serve as an integral part of their resume. 

The portfolios will also showcase the College. 
"One of the ideas on the table is that not only 
would portfolios be presented internally during 
Connected Learning Symposium Week, but 
seniors might also present to potential employers 
at a special event designed for this purpose. This 
would be a valuable learning experience for them 
and would also be a good way to market the Col- 
lege to businesses," explains Deborah Gelch. »■ 


FALL 2002 

Center for Community-Based 
Learning Sponsors a Trip to 
West Virginia 

J—iasell's Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) 
Americorps*VISTA volunteer, Molly DeStamey, and five students 
climbed into a college van this May and headed to West Virginia. 
The 15-passenger vehicle was stuffed with sleeping bags, luggage, 
air mattresses, and food for the 14-hour trip. The destination was the 
Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) in Beards Fork, where 
the students would help finish a manufactured home for a 
Youthbuild project. 

Youthbuild is a program that offers job training, education, counseling, 
and leadership development opportunities to unemployed and out-of-school 
young adults, ages 16-24, through the construction and rehabilitation of 
affordable housing in their own communities. 

"Beards Fork is a tiny town of 200 people and if s in the coal mining 
territory of West Virginia. Our students performed a variety of construction 
and interior tasks, but the hard work was nothing compared to what they 
learned from the experience culturally. Many had not experienced poverty 
in the rural sense before, and each student had a distinct response," 
recalls Molly. 

"One of the students was from the south but from a completely different 
economic background. Another had done a lot of community service work 
in Dorchester and Mattapan, MA but was not expecting to find herself in the 
middle of nowhere. 'What do they do for fun around here?' was one reac- 
tion. A third student had been on mission trips, but the Beards Fork experi- 
ence was quite different from hanging out with church folk and being away 
from home for an extended period." 

Lasell students had the rich experience of meeting and interacting with 


students from Associate Professor Tessa leRoux's Sociology of 
Education classes visited the Moosehill Wildlife Sanctuary in 
Sharon, MA, which is run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. 
The trip was designed as a service project to illustrate to students 
the importance of community involvement in maintaining non- 
profit educational programs. 

As a preamble to the field trip, the educational coordinator from Moosehill 
came to Lasell to provide an overview of its educational programs. Even with 
this background information, students were amazed when they got there. 
As they reflected back on what they had seen and learned, one said, "My 
experience at Moosehill was really eye-opening and made me realize how 
many dedicated people it takes to run such a place. Its beautiful setting 
blew me away." 

After touring the Nature Center, the students headed off on short hikes. 
Some students were dropped off to assist with clean-up on the side of Moose- 
hill Parkway. "We were shocked at how many empty liquor bottles, fast-food 
wrappers and other junk is tossed out of cars. The side of the road was 

Lasell students became construction experts while working for a Youthbuild project in 
West Virginia. 

young people in the Youthbuild program, and they also had the opportunity 
to speak with several senior couples who treated them to traditional 
Appalachian and gospel songs one night. 

When it was time to climb back in the van for the return trip, everyone 
agreed that they had had an experience that had tested their boundaries and 
skills. Their efforts were very much appreciated and they received nothing 
but compliments from the site manager. 

The trip had an interesting and very coincidental addendum to it. While 
on the highway, a woman started waving at the Lasell van and then rolled 
down her window to display a Lasell scarf. As the vehicles pulled alongside 
of each other, she said she was just returning from her 50th reunion. 

It turned out to be Bobbi Trout Krohn '52 who says, "Can you imagine? 
On our drive back to Michigan about two hours outside of D.C., a Lasell 
van passed us. I reached for the handkerchief we had received at reunion 
and held it up. It was a stitch! I wonder what they were doing — it would 
have been fun to meet them." If she'd known that they were part of a 
community service trip, she would have been proud. *+ 

Lasell Students Work at 
Wildlife Sanctuary as Part 
of Service-Learning Project 

Students weeding in the butterfly garden at Moosehill. 

disgusting!" commented one student who has developed a healthy new 
respect for trash receptacles. Their work was much appreciated by passersby. 
"We laughed because people beeped at us and told us what a great job we 
were doing." 

Some students pitched in to work on the inside of the building while 
others tried their hands at weeding the butterfly garden — and discovered 
that not all weeds are unwanted. 

From the student who had never been in the woods before to the seasoned 
outdoor camper, all had a great time, worked hard, and learned first-hand 
about how much work goes into running a wildlife sanctuary. The outing was 
a wonderful service-learning experience and the students gained a tremendous 
broadening of their perspective on what education can be. >*• 

FALL 2002 





Bookstore Goes 

At looks and feels like the 

familiar, comfortable, neon-signed 
Donahue's Bookstore at Lasell College, 
but in many ways, faculty, students, 
and staff will find it reconstituted into 
a new and improved model. 

On Friday, August 16, Follett Higher 
Education Group took over management of 
Donahue's Bookstore. Follett is the leading 
contractor of bookstore services and the 
principal supplier of used books in North 

"Follett serves more than four million 
students and 300,000 faculty through some 
640 stores nationally," explains Vice Presi- 
dent of Business and Finance, Elizabeth 
Winter, who negotiated the deal. "Folletf s 
virtual bookstore,, is a leading 
Internet provider of educational products 
and services for higher education," she 

Bringing Follett's "click and mortar" 
philosophy to Donahue's has a number of 
notable advantages. "The ability to connect 
and centralize all Donahue's business func- 
tions — whether orders come from the 
Internet or the actual retail store — offers 
valuable and expandable multi-channel 
options. Additionally, the company's exten- 
sive reach allows it to buy and sell in volume. 
This means greater resources and lower 
prices for customers. 

Follett has a presence in all 50 states, 
including colleges and universities locally, 
like Mount Holyoke, Emerson, Endicott, 
Bay Path, Framingham State, and UMass/ 
Amherst. It reaches more than 110,000 
schools and university campuses, and 
provides services and products from its 
enhanced selection of academic books to a 
broad range of imprinted merchandise for 
millions of academicians and students. 

The new linkage will allow Lasell 
customers to select merchandise and services 
online through or in the 
on-campus store. **• 

Lasell Unveils New, Interactive Web Site 

Increasingly, say researchers, high school students looking 

for the college or university of their dreams are turning to the Internet, and individual 
institutional Web sites, as their main information-gathering tool. 





Real Learning. 
Real FteoDie. 


Look at Lasell! 

.'pen House 

Save the Date! Sunday 

November 3, 2002 is the 


College Open House! 


In September of 2002, students 
'.-.'ill be enrolled in Lasell's new 
graduate program, Lasell is 
accepting applications for the 

New and returning students 
be arrivina on camous with 

To see the new Lasell Web site, please go to 

"In 2001, fully 20 percent of the entering 
freshmen class applying to Lasell did so electroni- 
cally, on our College Web," explains Kathleen 
O'Connor, vice president for Enrollment Manage- 
ment. "Thaf s a radical change from the view 
books and postcards marketing approach," she 
says, "and we wanted to hone in on the trend." 

The result was the Admission Office's engage- 
ment of LiquidMatrix Corporation, a Buffalo, 
New York firm well known for providing interac- 
tive, sophisticated, dynamic, user-friendly admis- 
sions Web sites for colleges and universities. 

And so, beginning on August 16, Lasell's Web 
site,, offered an entirely new look 
and feel. 

The Admission office, along with Webmaster 
Fran Weil, and the IT department, took on the 
radical transformation of Lasell's Web in order 
to provide exciting interactive opportunities for 
prospective students and their families who 
log on. 

The change incorporates Web software called 
ActiveAdmissions, and transforms the Admission 
section of the Web site into a powerful recruiting 
tool that offers a full range of personalized appli- 
cations and provides a rich resource for prospects 
to learn more about the College, and makes it 
easy for them to apply online. 

Now, prospective students who arrive at 
the Lasell Admission site will be engaged by a 
personalized Web site that caters to their precise 
interests. ActiveAdmissions incorporates a number 
of important Web add-ons including: personal- 
ized "My To-Do" List, Campus Visit Scheduler, 
Online Application, and targeted student, faculty 
and alumni spotlights. These services have been 

proven to dramatically increase enrollment yield. 

Fran Weil has created all the individual 
departments' pages as well as a detailed site map, 
though navigation through the Lasell site is 
meant to be fluid and intuitive. 

Along with the new, prospective-student- 
friendly Web site comes "a new publication 
series that responds to the research indicating 
that students searching for colleges also look for 
substantiating printed material to support the 
electronic," says Kathleen O'Connor. 

"We engaged the services of Creative Commu- 
nications of America to do intensive research 
among guidance counselors and prospective 
students. Additionally, they conducted focus 
groups on campus, with students, faculty, and 
staff, and then turned the results into new publi- 
cations that dovetail into the Web site and create a 
joint marketing project," Vice President O'Connor 

"The theme for the campaign comes from the 
overwhelming response we garnered from all 
parties interviewed that Lasell is tangible and 
real — a place of real learning, real teaching, real 
experiences, and real community." 

The marketing research even zeroed in on 
what colors prospective students considered most 
appealing, and what message different colors 
conveyed. "We opted for a rich blue to under- 
score Lasell's connection to the real world," 
says Kathleen O'Connor. "And, we even took 
the opportunity to use Lasell blue, to re-engage 
our rich history and traditions." 

To see the new Lasell Web site, please go to **• 



FALL 2002 

Students Honored for Their Contributions 
to Lasell Community 

an extraordinary level has long been a tradition at Lasell. The importance of acknowledg- 
ing individuals who are willing to go above and beyond the norm is vital, for they are what 
propel an institution forward. 

"When I came to Lasell in 1995, there were 
three student awards: the Lasell Bowl, the Lamp, 
and the Lasell Chair," recalls Dean of Student 
Affairs Diane Austin. "While the awards have 
gone through many iterations, the desire to 
acknowledge individuals who have distinguished 
themselves in service to the college has remained 

In Dean Austin's office there are two large 
silver Lasell bowls with students' names inscribed 
on them. "The first date is 1974, so the award has 
at least a 28-year history. Today the criteria for 
receiving the Lasell Bowl are for a student to 
have contributed to the life of the campus in 
especially noteworthy ways, to have gone above 
and beyond in his or her contributions of time 
and energy, and to have made a particularly 
significant impact in the quality of student life 
on campus. 

"The Bowl can be awarded to any or several 
students, not just seniors," she explains. "It is 
granted for accomplishments in a given year. This 
year there were nine winners. The Lasell Chair, 
on the other hand, is awarded only to 
one student and he or she must be a senior. This 
year it went to Colleen Pratt and honored her four 
years of service and dedication to the College." 

This year's Awards Banquet was held in de 
Witt Hall on April 11. Students had to be invited 
in order to attend. Those on the guest list includ- 
ed presidents of recognized student organizations, 
members of the current Student Government 
Association as well as its incoming executive 
board, those listed in "Who's Who in American 
Colleges and Universities," Resident Assistants, 
Orientation Leaders, captains of the intercollegiate 
teams, First Year seminar co-facilitators, graduates 
of the Emerging Leaders program, and any 
award recipient who didn't fall into these 

From left to right: Victor Cipolla, Britney Falite, Jennifer 
Lesnick, Wayne Kreis, Colleen Pratt and Sonja Landry were 
among the students honored at April's Awards Banquet. 


"As the College has grown, new awards have 
been added," continues Dean Austin. "We now 
recognize outstanding student organizations 
with an award, and this is the second year of the 
'Student Leader of the Year' award. This person 
is nominated by the students who are invited to 
the Awards Dinner, and so is someone who has 
received the recognition of his or her peers." 

Congratulations to all of the 2002 winners. 

Lasell Bowl: 

Victor CipoUa '03 
Britney Falite '04 
Sonja Landry '04 
Tracey Maloney '04 

Lasell Chair: 

Colleen Pratt '02 

Richard Dorval '04 

Amanda Frenette '02 

Jennifer Lesnick '02 

Nikki Sweeten '03 

Jarrod Vanderwerken '02 

Student Organization of the Year (co-recipients): 
The Campus Activities Board 
The Student- Athlete Advisory Council 

Student Leader of the Year: 
Wayne Kreis '04 

Lasell eNews Online Keeps Community 
Connected and Informed 

monthly eNews Online. Delivered electronically to every faculty's and staffer's email box, the 
newsletter is an upbeat, easy-to-read, graphically interesting way to disseminate information 
about campus happenings, upcoming events, and introduce new members of the community. 

There's a discernable buzz on campus as each 
month's new issue appears online, and all are 
pleased that the newsletter keeps everyone "in 
the loop." 

Margaretta Arnold, executive assistant to 
the president, and Fran Weil, director of commu- 

nications, collaborate to produce the electronic 
newsletter each month. "The response to eNews 
has been enormously positive," say the two. 

Their nose for news makes each issue packed 
with important and interesting stories. *»< 


Theatre Production 
Group Kicks Off 
on Campus 

up of the Lasell Actors Lab, an 
extracurricular group devoted to pro- 
ducing theatre on the Lasell campus. 

Using the Yamawaki theatre as a perfor- 
mance venue, the group will hold auditions 
in September for its first production, "Rest- 
less Voices: Scene Work from the Lasell 
Actors Lab," scheduled to premiere in 

Lasell President Tom de Witt has long 
advocated the rebirth of an on-campus 
drama group and was instrumental in 
providing support for the concept. 

"Richard Bath, director of the Fashion and 
Design Program, has taken the lead in bring- 
ing performance creativity to the campus 
with fashion show extravaganzas already," 
says Kent Miller, Lasell drama instructor. 
"We hope to coordinate with the talent and 
capability of the fashion students to help our 
group in all phases of performance." 

Auditions are open to all Lasell students, 
faculty and staff, as well as the residents of 
Lasell Village. 

Miller continues, "In my teaching both on 
campus and at Lasell Village, I have seen 
many students with the talent and interest to 
perform in all areas of theatre, and I know 
we can attract people from all walks of cam- 
pus life to this most communal of the arts." 

Miller concludes, "I believe the Lasell 
Actors Lab will become an artistic home 
for students interested in learning the art 
and science of acting as well as the associated 
aspects of play production, and I look 
forward to working with the diverse 
members of the Lasell community." »■ 

FALL 2002 




Senior Expo 2002: Experiences in Aging Declared a "Smashing Success" 

as the first annual Senior Expo: Experiences in Aging got underway. Newton Mayor David B. 
Cohen officially opened the event, which he declared a "smashing success." He also named 
May 29 as "Older Americans Day" in Newton in honor of the city's older citizens. 

Sponsored by the Newton Council on Aging 
and Cooperative Living of Newton, in partnership 
with Lasell Village, the Expo brought together a 
number of organizations interested in seniors, 
their families, caregivers, and professionals from 
the Newton community. Offered were materials, 
information, and a sampling of options intended 
to help people navigate successfully through the 
aging process. 

There were 60 exhibitors that spilled out of de 
Witt Hall into the Glow Lounge where attendees 
busily talked and gathered information. In 
conjunction with the event, seminars were held 
in Winslow Academic Center classrooms. These 
workshops were divided into categories that 
covered housing options, computer learning for 
seniors, planning for the future, body, mind and 
spirit, health screenings, and intergenerational 

"Expo 2002 drew over 300 people, far beyond 
our expectations," exclaimed Paula Panchuck, 
dean for Lasell Village. "The collaboration 
between the College, represented by the Village, 
and two community organizations made it 
possible to reach out to the elder community 
for the purpose of education and information. 
Community education is part of the College's 
1991 Land Use Agreement regarding the role of 
the Village, and we hope to expand these part- 
nerships in the future. We certainly plan to make 
the Expo an annual event." **- 


Lasell Village reached the pages of 
Newsweek magazine recently, with an 
article titled, "R Is for Retirement — The 
latest golden-years trend: going back to 
college." The piece appeared in the lune 
10, 2002 issue. 

Written by Newsweek correspondent Peg 
Tyre, the story covered the unique relation- 
ship between the College and the Village 
and the trend the Village has sparked for 
retirees across the country seeking lifelong 

To read the article in pdf format, go to 
http: / / / enews / lv_newsweek 
pdf. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader, 
you can get it free from 

"If s amazing what happens when you 
receive national coverage," exclaimed Dean 
Paula Panchuck. "I've had calls from CBS 
News and from as far away as London and 
Tokyo. It certainly has been exciting listen- 
ing to my voice mail messages." » 

Attendees gather information at Expo 2002. 

Herbert and Huggs Marie Add Comfort 
and Joy to Lasell House Residents 

residents of Lasell House, the 44-bed skilled nursing facility located on the third floor of 
Lasell Village, got to spend some extra time with two special visitors. 

With their white coats and easy demeanors, 
Herbert and Huggs Marie — who usually visit 
once a week but added a couple of special on- 
duty days that week — got plenty of appreciative 
stares and smiles as they made their rounds at 
Lasell House. 

Together, they could be seen making their way 
down the bright nursing home corridors, stop- 
ping in one room after another to say an unhur- 
ried hello, or getting a cookie, or spending time 
on the laps of wheel-chaired residents in need of 
some relaxing company and comfort. 

Obviously, Herbert and Huggs Marie are not 
part of the usual nursing staff contingent. But the 
two, handsome, well-mannered West Highland 
White Terriers add a dynamic among patients 
and residents with which the full-time staff can't 

Herbert, who is eight, is a certified pet therapy 
dog. His sister Huggs Marie, who is two, is learn- 
ing all she can from her big brother before she 
too goes for her pet therapy accreditation. For 
certification, dogs are required to be vet checked, 
have all their vaccinations up-to-date, and pass a 

series of three one-hour sessions with a trainer to 
determine temperament and excitability. The 
dogs, which belong to social worker Laurie 
Costello, work with her to connect with patients 
and long-term residents, and bring them the sim- 
ple, sheer joy of animal companionship. 

"Dogs don't care how we look or how we act; 
they just love us — totally and unconditionally," 
says Laurie. "For people who are confined to a 
nursing home, or facing difficult life situations, 
dogs offer a calming, loving presence." Petting a 
dog has been shown to lower blood pressure, and 
scientific research indicates that interaction with 
animals can significantly improve humans' physical 
and emotional health. "Huggs Marie and Herbert 
make people feel good — they brighten their days 
and take their minds off their own problems and 
pains. They help healing happen," Laurie says. 

At Lasell House, Newton resident Emanuel 
Gelda, who is confined to a wheel chair, gets a 
real kick out of having Herbert and Huggs Marie 
cuddle on his lap. "The pleasure is all mine," he 
says delightedly, as he strokes the dogs. But a 
look at both dogs — whose eyes are about to 

Social worker Laurie Costello and her sidekick Huggs Marie. 

close under the sheer bliss of Mr. Gelda's caresses 
— makes it clear that the benefit of companion- 
ship is mutual. 

Laurie Costello got involved with pet therapy 
several years ago when she was working with 
stroke patients. "Several of them were very 
impaired, and we wanted to encourage their 
sensory and spatial awareness." As an 
experiment, she brought in Herbert, who literally 
had a transforming effect on patients. "One 
woman hadn't spoken in years," says Laurie. 
"She held Herbert on her lap, patted him gently 
and suddenly said, T had a dog too.' It was a 
stunning breakthrough." *»• 



FALL 2002 



Mark Sciegaj 

Dr. Mark Sciegaj Appointed 
Director of Center for 
Research on Aging 

JLIr. mark sciegaj has been appointed director 

of the Lasell College Center for Research on Aging and 
Intergenerational Studies (CRAIS) and officially arrived at 
his Lasell Village office this July. 

Dr. Sciegaj comes to Lasell from the Heller 
Graduate School at Brandeis University, where 
he was an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of 
the Concentration on Elders and Persons with 
Disability in its M.B.A., MM. and Ph.D. pro- 
grams. "We are very fortunate to have Mark as 
the Director of the Center," says Dean Paula 
Panchuck. "His qualifications and enthusiasm 
are uniquely suited to making the Center's 
mission a reality." 

The Center was established to further the 
quality of life for older adults 
through research, community 
partnerships, and teaching focused 
on aging, lifelong learning, and 
intergenerational programs, areas 
that Dr. Sciegaj has been involved 
in since the 1990s. 

"While receiving my M.P.H. 
from Emory University's School of 
Public Health, I created and direct- 
ed applied ethics education for the 
Georgia Division of Public Health," recalls 
Dr. Sciegaj. "After entering the Ph.D. program 
at Brandeis University's Heller School, 
it was my ethics background that was noticed 
by a professor who gave me an opportunity to 
write a report on issues of elder autonomy for 
the Office of Technical Assessment. I had to learn 
the whole network of services available to elders 
and this fostered my intellectual interest 
in elder care. 

"At Brandeis, I managed several projects, one 
of which was a national survey of residents in 
assisted living facilities. This was my first foray 
into housing issues." 

Since that time, Dr. Sciegaj has received numer- 
ous grants in the field of health care policy and 
elder affairs from a variety of private foundations 
and federal agencies, including the National Insti- 
tutes for Health. He currently has a proposal sub- 
mitted for a grant that would focus on a study of 
the racial /ethnic differences in elder health 
behaviors among elders in Boston public housing. 

"If s not often a person receives the opportunity 
to help create something new," says Dr. Sciegaj. 
"We have a unique situation with the Village and 
a whole range of studies are possible concerning 
health behaviors and the effects of the Village- 
learning requirements. There are many outside 
researchers who are interested in exploring life- 
long learning as well as investigating what the 
best practices are for the management of elder 
residential care facilities. In addition to generating 

"It is important to build 
Lasell's visibility as a place 
conducting cutting edge 

Dr. Mark Sciegaj 

an aging and intergenerational studies research 
agenda, I believe the Center should also serve as 
a catalyst for research activity across all academic 
programs at the College." 

The Center will have an internal advisory board 
made up of Village residents and administrators, 
as well as College academic administrators. "They 
will guide me in making decisions regarding the 
Center's direction and program initiatives." 

There will also be an external advisory board 
made up of policy makers, professional organiza- 
tions, and elder advocates, among 
others. "The external advisory 
board will facilitate the Center's 
ability to create strategic partner- 
ships with providers and policy 
makers. It is important to build 
Lasell's visibility as a place con- 
ducting cutting edge research. 
This will not only maximize what 
we can do on the research side, 
but also could attract students to 
the College's new graduate management degree 
program, with its elder care and marketing 

At the Heller School, Dr. Sciegaj co-created the 
elder care concentration for its M.B.A. program 
and, as Lasell's Associate Professor for Public 
Policy and Management, he will teach courses 
in Lasell's graduate program. >*• 

Construction has begun on a new 
Lasell Village building that is 
scheduled for completion in late 
winter 2003. It will contain nine res- 
idential units (bringing the Village 
total to 171) and an office suite for 
the Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies. 

Dr. Herbert Benson speaks at the 
Village Convocation. 

Lasell Village's 
Convocation Features 
Dr. Herbert Benson 

Village Convocation was held in de Witt 
Hall on Friday, May 17. 

"The College /Village partnership, and our 
involvement in each other's teaching and learn- 
ing experiences, has increased five-fold over the 
last year," said 
Dean Paula 

three dozen 
Lasell faculty 
have led hun- 
dreds of 
students in 
tional courses 
and connected 
learning activi- 
ties both at the 
College and 
the Village." 

Dr. Herbert Benson, founder and president of 
the Mind /Body Medical Institute and Chief of 
the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Beth Israel 
Deaconess Medical Center, spoke at the convoca- 
tion on how to control and counter stress. 

"Any situation that requires change is stress- 
ful," explained Dr. Benson, "and the reaction is 
consistent. We have what is called the fight or 
flight response. As stress increases, so does our 
performance, but only up to a point." 

As a cardiologist, Dr. Benson saw a number of 
patients who had high blood pressure and in 
1968, when a student introduced him to transcen- 
dental meditation, he became intrigued by its 
physiological results. "It actually lowers the 
metabolism, blood pressure, and rate of breathing. 
It is the opposite of the fight or flight response." 
Building on this, his work has served as a bridge 
between medicine and religion, East and West, 
mind and body, and belief and science. 

"We all have self-healing capacities within us," 
Dr. Benson explained, "and we can draw on 
them when we are faced with anxiety, depression, 
insomnia, hypertension or chronic pain. We can 
develop self-care programs that include exercise, 
nutrition, and meditation that do away with the 
bad effects of stress." 

Asked by a member of the audience to lead 
the group in the relaxation response, Dr. Benson 
explained the two-step process of breathing and 
word repetition. Silence reigned as everyone 
closed their eyes and turned inwards for three 
minutes of stress reduction. 

It was a relaxed audience that filed out of de 
Witt Hall and there were many who talked of 
further exploration of Dr. Benson's ideas. **- 

FALL 2002 



Lynn Blake has become a full-time assistant 
professor in the Fashion Department. Lynn earned 
a Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard 
College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from 
the Massachusetts College of Art. She previously 
taught at the Chamberlayne School of Design at 
Mt. Ida College. Lynn is the owner of Blake 
Design, in Boston, which offers services of market 
research, design, colorations, fabric research, 
technical, and fashion illustration. 

Congratulations to Associate Professor and 
Director of Academic Computing Linda Bruenjes, 
who has been named Arnow Professor. The Joan 
VVeiler Arnow '49 Endowed Faculty Chair is 
Lasell's first endowed chair and is awarded to a 
faculty member who has demonstrated commit- 
ment and dedication to teaching and professional 


David Carlson, recently appointed assistant 
professor of Criminal Justice, holds a Ph.D. 
degree from Northeastern University, a Master of 
Arts degree in Teaching from the University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Sci- 
ence degree from Upsala College in New Jersey. 
David previously taught at Anna Maria College 
in Paxton and serves as a Special Investigator 
with the National Security Agency in the United 
States Department of Defense. 


Molly DeStafney, a familiar face from the 

Center for Community-Based 
Service Learning, returns for 
the 2002-03 academic year as 
the VISTA Volunteer. Among 
Molly's many accomplishments 
are a strengthened America 
Reads program, an exciting five- 
day service trip to West Vir- 
ginia, and a host of one-time 

Molly DeStafney se rvice events. 

Richard D. Dodds, Jr. joined 
Lasell as Assistant Professor of 
Information Technology and 
Instructional Technologist. He 
has served at Lasell as Adjunct 
Faculty as well as Instructional 
Technologist in the Teaching 
and Learning Center. He was 

Richard D. Dodds, Jr. Pro J ect Manager in Adminis- 
trative Technologies with 
Cambridge Associates for two years prior to his 
work at Lasell. 

Richard holds a Masters degree in Education 
from Harvard University, and he earned his B.A. 
degree from Williams College. In his current posi- 
tion, he will also work on special projects in col- 
laboration with the IT department, including the 
student Electronic Portfolio project. 


Brian M. Don joins the Lasell faculty as a 
member of the Exercise Physiology /Physical Edu- 
cation department. Brian comes to us from the 
University of Massachusetts /Lowell. He holds an 
Ed.D. degree in Health and Human Development 
from the School of Education at Boston Universi- 

ty, an M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from 
Sargent College at Boston University, and a B.S. 
degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the 
Chelsea School of Physical Education in the 
United Kingdom. 

Timothy Dunton has been 
named head men's Lacrosse 
coach. He was the assistant 
coach for the past season. Tim 
also serves as an Assistant 
Director of Admission in the 
Department of Enrollment 


Lydia Mickunas, the head of 
Technical Services in the Bren- 
nan Library, has been given a 
12-month position, making it 
possible to offer interlibrary 
loan service to faculty through- 
out the year. Lydia will be 
working on a library Web 
page which will be available 
this fall. 

University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts 
degree in Sociology and Psychology. 



■ ; 

Timothy Dutton 

Lydia Mickunas 

Risa Miller, adjunct professor of English, will 
have a book published by St. Martin's Press this 
coming January titled, Welcome to Heavenly 
Heights. It's about Americans who move to a 
West Bank community outside of Jerusalem. 



Timothy C. O'Brien has 

taught at Lasell for two years 
as Adjunct Faculty, and this 
past year he served as a first 
year academic advisor. Tim has 
taught economics at Boston 
University and expects to 
receive his Ph.D. this year. 

He holds a Master of Science 
degree in Economics from the 
London School of Economics, and he earned his 
B.A. degree from Harvard University. He joins us 
as Assistant Professor of Economics in the 
Department of Social Sciences. 

Timothy C. O'Brien 


Dick Rosenberg joined the 
IT department in April as the 
Systems Analyst /Developer, 
Adrninistrative Systems. His 
role will be to support and 
develop the Quodata adminis- 
trative software system. 


Dick Rosenberg 

Philip Sher joined Lasell 
Village as Director of Health Services at Lasell 
House. He has 30 years of 
nursing home experience, 
including 19 years with Hill- 
haven Corporation. He was a 
pioneer of the restraint reduc- 
tion movement in Massachu- 
setts and was a keynote 
speaker on this subject at an 
American Health Care Associa- 
tion Conference in Orlando, 
FL. Phil graduated from the 

Derrek L. Shulman, most recently the chief of 
staff to the Secretary in the Massachusetts Execu- 
tive Office of Elder Affairs, has been appointed to 
the faculty of the Graduate School of Manage- 
ment. Derrek will be teaching in the elder care 
program. He earned a B.A. in History, magna 
cum laude, from Clark University, and an M.A. 
degree in American Studies from the University 
of Massachusetts, Boston. He has served as direc- 
tor of Public Affairs and Government Relations 
and as Special Assistant to the Secretary. Derrek 
has worked as press secretary for Massachusetts 
Senator Arthur Chase and also was a reporter/ 
columnist for the Daily Item in Clinton, MA. 


Philip Sher 

Stephen Smith has been 
working for the IT department at 
Lasell on a contracting basis for 
more than three years, but he 
officially joined the IT staff on 
July 1st. Stephen is the "man 
behind the curtain." He takes 
care of all the college's servers, 
routers, hubs, cabling, and other 
major backbone components that ste P hen Smilh 
keep Lasell College up and running. He is not only 
a talented senior network engineer, he also has 
experience working with enterprise databases and is 
working with Dick Rosenberg and Richard Dodds 
on mamtaining the Quodata adrninistrative software 
system. Along with his network and database respon- 
sibilities, Stephen is also responsible for many of the 
tasks related to the day-to-day operations of IT. 



personally — through the Honors Program. 

Another new aspect of the program is 
Lasell's membership in the National Colle- 
giate Honors Council, which holds confer- 
ences that are student-focused and include 
many student presentations. Dean Bloom 
attended the national conference last fall and 
plans to attend again this fall. With the help 
of generous donations, like the ones recently 
received from Trustee Sally Andrews and 
Overseer Robin Parry (see story page 22), he 
plans to take several students to the regional 
NCHC conference in April in Gettysburg, PA. 
There they will have the opportunity to report 
on Honors projects (such as the Honors 
newsletter) that they have participated in 
at Lasell. 

As the first Honors students graduate this 
June, they will take with them the ideas and 
concepts of community, change, and leader- 
ship to which they have been exposed as a 
result of the Honors Program and its 
emphasis on connected-learning. "I believe 
that through their participation, students 
will have discovered new ways to make a 
positive impact on the lives of others," says 
Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic 
Affairs. >*• 



FALL 2002 




Ruth Hutton writes, "Wish I could be there to celebrate 
our 75th, but am no longer able to travel. Will be looking 
forward to news of the reunion." 


"I enjoy singing in our senior citizen chorus. We travel 
around to retirement homes and give concerts which seem 
to be enjoyed/' writes Jane Gray Kellogg. 



"The only one to celebrate our 70th reunion," writes 
Marjorie Magune Curtis. Marjorie enjoys a "dip in the 
pool" and her church work. 


"So sorry that I could not be back for our 70th, but my 
garden club celebrated my birthday with a flower show 
that weekend," says {Catherine Hartman Macy. Katherine 
is involved with her dried flower business, gardening and 
making arrangements. 

"Please forgive this delay in congratulating you on your 
150th celebration," writes Jeanne Price Crye. "We are in 
reasonably good health, but a trip to Boston would be 
unthinkable. We have heard and read of the many wonder- 
ful changes at Lasell. My hearty best wishes to President 
de Witt and the Class of '32." 

Elinor Small Domina says, "Interested, but age is 
catching up with me." 


"I enjoyed my four years as a WAVE during World War 
n, but the real fun was at Lasell," writes Amorette Larchar 


Caroline Frey Anderson has been living in a retirement 
community in Needham, MA for the last 18 years. "It has 
been a wonderful life with a lot of different people." 

Celia Kinsley Percival enjoyed the Sarasota alumni 
event in March. She says, "It is always a pleasure to see 
President de Witt and hear his report. I'm hoping to come 
back to Lasell in '04 for my 70th reunion." 


Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle spends winters in Boca 
Raton, FL and summers in Mystic, CT. 

Ruth Upham Petremont is now living in assisted-living 
and enjoying it. She says, "Hi to all my classmates." 


Barbara Burnham Rice moved to Indiana to be near her 
daughter and family. She says, "Now living in a nice assist- 
ed-living home." 

Adele de l'Etoile Breitenstein enjoys "exercise, Tai Chi, 
walking and cross-country skiing when the weather 

Irene Dreissigacker Brimlow is still in her own home 
and driving. "My family keeps me traveling and busy." 

Jane Eldridge Meaney moved to a retirement village 
and is trying to get adjusted. She writes, "The food is 

"Exercise and bridge keep me physically and mentally 
in shape," writes Edith Fitzgerald Arnold. Edith has been 
married for over 54 years, has three children and seven 

We are revising the class notes section to reflect decades. Please send your class notes 
information or address changes to Please also refer to Planet Alumni for 
updates on your classmates in between issues of Leaves, 

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy 
of the Alumni Affairs Office not to divulge alumni addresses, e-mail addresses or phone 
numbers unless it has been verified that the request is from another alumnus. 

The content of Class Notes is based on material submitted to Lasell College's Alumni 
Office. Due to the large number of submissions, Lasell is unable to verify the factual content 
of each entry and is not responsible for erroneous material. 

Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, we do not publish bridal engagements, 
or, in general, future events, but will be delighted to announce weddings and those events 
that have already taken place. 

The Class Notes printed in this issue were received by July 31, 2002 and notes received 
after that date will appear in the next issue. 

If you wish to have a photograph returned, please include a stamped, self-addressed 

CLASS OF 1937 

"Enjoying life at Lasell Village," writes 
Jean Michael Petersen. "An amazing deci- 
sion I could not have dreamed up 60 years 

"I enjoy my work as a travel agent. If s 
fun doing honeymoons all over the world," 
writes Cora Pratt Adams. Cora continues to 
go to the theatre, concerts and art stores. 
She says, "If s great being 82!" 

Congratulations to Betty Wallace White 
who recently celebrated her 60th wedding 


Virginia Webb Tompkins visited her daughter in 
Capetown, South Africa, where she spent several days at a 
private game reserve. She and her partner played bridge 
for a week in a regional tournament. She writes, "Sorry I 
can't be with you for this historic occasion." 

Augusta Williamson Hopkins says, "This has been a 
busy year; the highlight a 3-week trip to England. Augusta 
spent the last week on a boat with her niece, Gail 
Williamson-Hawes '66. 


Martha Driscoll Hogan keeps in touch with Jean Allen 
Bird whose granddaughter, Emily Bird '04, is attending 

Marge Furbush Gledhill says, "Ya gotta keep it mov- 
ing." Marge swims 45 minutes five days a week. She hears 
from Shirley Hanson Carter, Tookie Monks Berig and 
Ruth Fulton Griffin. 

Our sincere condolences to Betty Lloyd Fritch on the 
death of her husband. Betty hopes to see many of her class- 
mates at the 65th reunion in May 2003. 

Tri McFarland Argo says she has many wonderful 
memories of Lasell and the friends she made there. Tri was 
married to "a great guy" for 52 years who died in 1999. 

Faye Wadhams Smith enjoyed trips to Hawaii, 
Montreal and Quebec. She writes, "I hope to see many 
classmates at our 65th reunion in 2003. 

Arlene Wishart Sylvester and Faye Wadhams Smith 
are already planning for their reunion in 2003. Arlene says, 
"Plan to help us celebrate our 65th." Arlene's granddaugh- 
ter was married in 
August on the Cape. 

"Not sure if I will 
be at our 65th, but 
will be in spirit," 
writes Sally Wright 

1 939 

Ruth Conklin 
Anderson is looking 
forward to trips to 
Virginia and Florida. 
She visits Gertrude 
McEvoy Rice '37 
several times a year. 
Ruth works at the 
library in East 
Hampton, CT, and 
swims (or walks) in 
the pool. 


"Turned the big 80 but still play golf," 
writes Nancy Bailey Black. Nancy enjoys 
her four grandchildren. She says duplicate 
bridge is fascinating. She traveled to 
Florida and Bermuda. 
Ruth Fulton Rardin continues to volunteer in the Lasell 
College Archives. Ruth says, "Jean Michael Petersen '39 
and I just completed 17 years of volunteer time at the 

Margaret Gibb Jackson doesn't get to travel much 
since she is in a wheelchair. She writes, "Would love to see 
the improvements at Lasell." 

"Still enjoying the quality of life and am mobile via two 
canes, a walker and other aids," writes Lucy Harrison 
Eimer. "Friends and family are a great blessing." 

Marjorie Millard Crooker enjoys her new living quar- 
ters on a New Hampshire lake. She celebrated her 60th 
wedding anniversary. She enjoys reading Leaves. "It is a 
nice way to keep in touch." 

Our sincere condolences to Nancy Rudy Howard on 
the death of her husband. Nancy says her family has been a 
great support. 

Evelyn Spaulding Williams writes, "I keep fit by going 
to the gym and being my own landscaper." 


Our sincere condolences to Geraldine Bixby Averill on 
the death of her husband, Charles. 

Former president of the Class of '41, Louise Lorion 
DeVries writes, "For over 60 years, the women of Chandler 
House have been writing round-robin letters. We eagerly 
look forward to the next round as we tell of our families, 
health, diets, trips and lives. Most of us are 80 years old. 
We are: Emily Morley Newcomb (Vermont), Jane Gray 
Fisher (Hawaii), Marie MacGregor Woodward (New 

Class of 1942 


Class Notes 


Jean Walters Goble and Jessie Dobson Salmon 
showed how to have a good time at Reunion. 

Hampshire), Mary Ellen M etzger Simpson '42 (Ohio), 
Janet Lowe Kammire (Florida), Gertrude Royce Johnson 

(Oregon), and me (California). The ties made at Lasell last a 

Marjorie Morss Smith lives in a retirement complex in 
Florida. She says, "Lots of activities keep me busy." 


Jean Barnes-Butts is planning to move from her 
Tucson, AZ retirement home to Clearwater, FL. 

Ruth Bowlend Eckhoff had a wonderful trip to 
Thailand and Hong Kong. She occasionally meets Doris 
Bracher Jenkins for lunch. Ruth keeps busy with bowling, 
watercolor painting and quilting. 

Marcia Corey Hanson writes, "Still enjoying good 
times with family and friends, gardening, golfing, reading, 
sewing, traveling, volunteering and living in Florida. Life 
is good." 

Our sincere condolences to Marilyn Crowell Stewart 
whose husband was killed by a drunk driver while 
stopped at a red light. Marilyn is selling her Naples, FL 
home and will live year-round in Plymouth, MA. 

Kathleen Finn Cullen moved to an apartment in 
Westwood, MA near "friends and bridge partners." 
Kathleen volunteers, babysits for her grandchildren, and 
enjoys life. 

Charlotte Hall Kelly writes, "Sorry not to make our 
60th reunion, but you will be in my thoughts. With love." 

Betty Heckel Allen is still living in her home in 
Savannah, GA and spends summers on Long Island and 
Maine. She plays golf, bridge, does volunteer work and 
went on a "fascinating" trip to South Africa. She says, 
"Love having my Lasell friends. They are great." 

Dorothy Higson White writes, "Recently completed a 
second volume of seven generations of the descendants of 
Roger Williams." 

Helen Keenan Watson sends her best to President 
de Witt. 

"All who were at Lasell know how I loved my time 
there. I married my Auburndale boyfriend. Have a great 
time at reunion," writes Beatrice Lewis Potter. 

Mary Metzger Simpson says, "I'm getting older and 
slowing down." 

"Looking forward to my 60th," writes Sally Nolan 

Marjorie Ray Blackett keeps busy with bird watching, 
volunteering, tennis and water aerobics. 

Elaine Robins Albert enjoys retirement in Florida. Her 
hobbies include golf, bridge and traveling. She writes, 
"Sorry I am unable to attend our reunion of 60 years." 

Barbara Rockwell Carlstrand keeps busy with the 
Concord (NH) Senior Dancers — doing line dancing, coun- 
try western and jazz. She writes, "I'm a Reach-to-Recovery 
cancer volunteer and a caregiver with the "Friends" pro- 
gram. Barbara spent two weeks in Ohio with her son and 
grandsons and saw lots of hockey games. "They all play." 

Trudy Ruch Kauf f man was looking forward to the 
60th reunion with "my wonderful classmates. It will be a 
pleasant break from my care giving." 

"I am looking forward to our 60th reunion and getting 
reacquainted with old friends," writes Noel Temple 

Jean Walters Goble celebrated her 80th birthday at a 
surprise party. She keeps busy with her church and various 
clubs. Jean enjoys good health, traveling, bridge and 


Jean Dewar Warren wrote an article for Leaves about 
a pet therapy program she started, and Ginny Lynch Stas 
'44 read about it and contacted her. Today Ginny is 
president of the Cape Cod program, and Jean has since 
moved to New Hampshire where she has started another 

program. Jean writes, "Time to retire." 

Ann Preuss Gillerlain plays tennis, golf, and does hor- 
ticulture therapy work. 

Elaine Towne Burlingame's children surprised her 
with an 80th birthday party. 

"President de Witt's letters are exciting," writes Nancy 
Wells Harris. "Lasell is in good hands, and I'm proud to be 
an alum." 


Bunny Curtiss-Dillon is a director and assistant trea- 
surer for her condo association. She says, "Still hangin' in 

"Enjoying life as much as I can," writes Frances 
Pariseau Ouellette. 

Our sincere condolences to Ann Scott Peal on the death 
of her husband, Bill. 

Betty Strickler Mertz enjoyed visits with her sons, 
grandchildren and great-granddaughter. 

Jean Swart Robbie is still married, has three children, 
five grandchildren and returned from a trip to Hawaii in 


Shirley Gleason travels, attends garden club activities, 
enjoys jazz, Boston Pops, and theatre. "A busy, but fun 

"Spent another good winter in Florida," writes Theresa 
Bergeron-Hoyt. "It was good to see President de Witt at 
our Sarasota alumni reception." 


Our sincere condolences to Anne Blake Perkins on the 
death of her brother and Joan Hanson Blake on the death 
of her husband. 

Lynn Blodgett Williamson is an active alumna. She is 
the Class of '46 reunion coordinator and secretary, hon- 
orary chairman of the Heritage Society, a trustee since 1988 
and a member of the Alumni Board of Management. 

"This was the first reunion for me," writes Margaret 
Hale Sawyer. 

Audrey Hill Kennison built a cottage on a lake three 
summers ago and is enjoying visits from children and 
grandkids. "Lots of musical activities and gardening have 
kept us healthy and happy over the last 10 years of 

Arline Koppel Martini vacationed in Fort Lauderdale, 
FL and took a cruise to the western Caribbean. 

Corinne Schlegel Norris is enjoying retirement on Fox 
Island in Washington. 

Barbara Weeks Dow keeps busy with various clubs 
and activities. She keeps in touch with Marion Munro 
Waitt '45 and Jean Morgan Koenitzer '47. 


"My love to the Class of '47. I'll miss seeing you," 
writes Marilyn Altrock Dietrichs. Marilyn was founder 
and artistic director of an opera company for 11 years, 

Class of 1947 

President deWitt and Barbara Stickle Mode 

putting on over 65 operas. About to celebrate her 50th 
wedding anniversary, she has three sons and a couple of 

Our sincere condolences to Mary Brown Gorman and 
Nancy Duclos Krieger on the death of their husbands. 

In a recently published 232-page volume, Betty Carter 
Steele charts a series of trips she made to Chesuncook 
Village in northern Maine, during which she made friends, 
experimented with fishing, ran into bears, spotted eagles 

and more. 

"I am sorry I'll miss my 55th reunion," writes Thea 
Chung Lang. 

"Happy 55th! Sorry I can't be at Lasell for the celebra- 
tion," writes Esther Cornwell Osborne. "Lasell news 
sounds exciting for the future." 

June Donovan Livingston retired as owner of a pho- 
tography studio for 20 years. She writes, "I enjoy garden- 
ing, church activities and many delightful friends. See you 
at reunion." 

Jeanne Franklin Bates had a great visit with Dorothy 
Harvender Kleiderlein in Wellfleet on the Cape. She 
spends the winter in Naples, FL and attended the Naples 
alumni event with Mary Kay Murray Sutton. 

As a volunteer, Joyce Hayes Whitman helps Hispanic 
children with homework. She also reads to preschoolers at 
the Montauk, NY public library. 

Elizabeth Kirby Bartlett's husband reports that 
Elizabeth is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. 

Linda Koempel Tompkins is active in her church, is a 
docent, a commodore and has children, grandchildren and 
great-grands scattered across the country. 

"I enjoy all the messages written by the ladies who 
attended Lasell," writes Jean Morgan Koenitzer. Jean 
keeps busy with traveling and organization work. 

Y i 

Ann Ashley Sanderson and Del Anderson Musgrave 
met for lunch in Naples. 

"I love Maine, even in the winter," writes Frances 
Oden Werly. "All goes well except for a few aches of old 
age creeping in. I would love to hear from anyone coming 
up here." 

Lois Seidel Newell has this to say: "I live a comfortable 
life in South Carolina, am active in community and church 
activities and glad to still be kicking." 

"Retirement at its best," is Nancy Stupak Parker's mot- 
to. Nancy chairs a gardening and landscape committee, 
joined the American Association of University Women, 
enjoys taking courses at a local "senior college" and 
attends fitness programs. 

"Loved my two years at Lasell," writes Jane Upton 
Patten. Jane stays close to home these days as she is on 
oxygen 24 hours a day. "But I'm happy and in no pain and 
that is a plus. Hello to the Class of '47." 

"Life is good," writes Beverly Yeates McCormick. 
Beverly works out every morning, tutors at the jail boot 
camp, does hospital visitations for her church and keeps 
up with friends through email. "Half of my children and 
grands live close and that is fun." 


In her second year of retirement, Joanne Bossi True 
"loves spending time with old friends and grandchildren, 
volunteering as a reading partner with children in grades 
K - 3, painting with watercolors and studying Tai-Chi." 

Michelle Hires enjoys mountain living in western 
North Carolina with her border collie, Penny. "She literally 
pulls me up the hill each morning for her walk." 

Our sincere condolences to Doris Trefny Iandoli 
whose husband died in January. Doris writes, "I had been 
looking forward to this year's reunion, but with my hus- 
band's death, it won't be possible. If anyone is visiting the 
Park Ridge, NJ area, please call. I'd love to hear from you." 

"Life is good and busy with tennis, golf, our six chil- 
dren and 16 grandies. World travel has been our hobby," 
writes Gloria Wurth Harrison. 


Our sincere condolences to Jane Alford Young on the 
death of her husband. They were married 51 years. 

"The gang" (Ann Ashley Sanderson, Marion Wilson 
Kennedy, Nancy Macdonough Jennings, Delores 
Anderson Musgrave and Jacqueline Rollat Labar) met at a 
Naples, FL restaurant in February. Ann writes, "We met 
another time this season and as always did a lot of talking." 


Natalie Knight Rogers loves her new townhouse in 
Rochester, MI "with deer running around behind me." 
Natalie works full-time. She expects to take another trip to 
Hawaii. Last year she cruised to Alaska. 

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston recog- 
nized Nancy Lawson Donahue for her leadership on more 
than 50 boards, including the Merrimack Repertory 

Eleanor Ritchie Elmore enjoys her 3-year-old grandson 
and her condo on the Cape. 

"All is well" for Marilyn Weeden Davidson. Marilyn 
sings with the Carolina chamber singers and choir and 
works at hospice. 



The Barnstable, MA town council has created the Jane 
Abels Eshbaugh Community Service Award in her memo- 
ry to encourage others to follow her example of service to 
the town. 

"After a lifetime in the northeast, we are retiring to 
Illinois, "writes Joyce Andrews Phelps. "While packing, I 
found old Lasell pictures." 

Joyce Davies Harrison had to postpone a trip to 
Naples, FL because her husband needed an unexpected hip 

(L to R) Jean Stearns Gorman, Virginia Hibbert Weldon and Joan 
Antun Rednor at Deerfield Beach, Florida in April 2002 

"I will be married for the first time at the age of 70 to a 
friend of 34 years," writes Marjorie Gilbert Knipper. 

Bunny Judd Hayes celebrated her 51st wedding 
anniversary in June. They live in the same house they 
bought in 1959. She has two teenage grandsons. 

"Our five children surprised us with a 3-day party to 
celebrate our 50th anniversary," writes Marilyn Munson 

Rosemary O'Brien deBelay enjoyed the Lake Worth, 
FL luncheon with Sally Hughes Fasick and Joan Antun 
Rednor. She was hoping to see Dot Goehring Rourke. 
Rosemary and Ellen O'Brien Montemurro were planning 
their annual visit to see Marion Ettinger Steinmetz. 
Rosemary says, "A grand year for Lasell reunions. Best to 

Clara Silsby Lamperti sees Joan Koch Ryan, Jeanne 
Hackett Desmond and Carol Haye Deal as often as possi- 

Jacquelyn Temperley Jennings had this to say about 
her trip to Aruba, "warm Caribbean, gentle breezes, white 
sand and great hospitality." 

Our sincere condolences to Joan Wallace Billings on 
the death of her mom, Cathleen Meloon Wallace '23. Joan 
and her husband travel to ski areas around the world. This 
year they skied in Salt Lake City, UT. Joan's two grandsons 
also ski. 


Elizabeth Baumbach Hyne enjoyed a trip to Florida 
and North Carolina and a 7-day cruise with her senior 
group. She writes, "Now if s golf league time." 

"Loved seeing friends at our 50th and looking forward 
to our 55th," writes Priscilla Freeman McCartney. Priscilla 
is enjoying retirement and family, half of which is on the 
east coast and half on the west coast. 

Rae Harrington Blum says, "The U.S. Open will be 

here in Pinehurst, NC in 2005. Look us up if you are in the 

Linda Heather Venezia writes, "Still loving Florida's 
sailing and sun. Had lunch with Alice Stover Kiehl and 
Janet Wyman Meade. 

Arlene Kelly Erdman has been traveling a lot and will 
visit Ireland again this year. Her 31st grandchild is expect- 
ed any day. 

"Thanks to all my classmates for attending our 50th 
reunion. It was a memorable occasion. Looking good, 
ladies," says Anna Stevenson Mangano. 

"Greetings and best wishes to all my classmates," 
writes Doris Stewart Sutton. 


"Still active in the community and in various groups," 
writes Jean Aslaksen Podimsky. Jean was looking forward 
to seeing everyone at the 50th. 

Alice Baker Alexander was looking forward to her first 
reunion! "It's exciting." 

Vilma Barbuto Herrick lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME 
overlooking Casco Bay, works part-time in administration 
at a university, and works out five days a week at a pool or 
gym. Vilma loved Hawaii and hopes to see Australia. 

Ruth Brown Taylor retired after 20 years as a teacher's 
aide. She has three children and four grandchildren. 
"Hi to all the Pickard gals," writes Rosalie Caiger 

Priscilla Clark Green has been singing in the Concord, 
MA chorus for the past 40 years. She has a daughter and a 

Chloe Comstock Singarella has a small 
business taking caring of pets when their 
families are on vacation. She volunteers at the 
local humane society and tutors non-English 
speaking adults. 

"Greetings," writes Mary Ann 
DeDominicis Ciccio. Mary Ann was looking 
forward to visiting with '52 classmates. She 
loves traveling, the arts, theatre and 

Eleanor DePalma McCarthy is enjoying 
retirement. She says, "There's not enough 
hours in a day to do all that I wish." Her trav- 
els included Belgium and Holland, next 

Winnie Domark Moylan retired to a 
North Carolina resort community with two 
18-hole golf courses and all the other ameni- 
ties. She enjoys golfing, boating, and volun- 
teering for the Chamber of Commerce. She 
has a son and a daughter. 

Last year Marianna Firebaugh Burgund 
attended the 150th celebration. She saw Mrs. 
Cousins and Mary Givan Bath. "It was sensa- 
tional." Marianna is still selling real estate, is 
still single, enjoys good health, plays golf, 
dances, travels and has three granddaughters." 
Carole French Willis celebrated her 50th 
wedding anniversary, has three sons, eight 
grandchildren and retired in West Virginia. 
Phyllis Gleason Riley spends her retirement with 
"grandchildren, world travel, working for my church, 
singing in the choir." 

Now living in Vermont, Elizabeth Griffin Wetzel 
writes, "I am the happily married mother of five children 
and 14 grandchildren." 

After 32 1 /2 years, Mary Grill Turton retired from the 
Waldwick, NJ Board of Education. She was looking for- 
ward to renewing old friendships at reunion weekend. 

Barbara Herzog Burns has 12 grandchildren, 10 living 
nearby in Atlanta, GA." 

Ginny Johnson Irwin teaches music at a daycare facili- 
ty one day a week. "This leaves time for traveling to seven 
grandkids and lots of volunteer work." 

Joan Lee Crump celebrated her 50th wedding anniver- 
sary. "All eight grandchildren were there to add to the 

"I am the proud mother of three children and blessed 
with seven granddaughters," writes Helen McCulloch 
Allen. Helen is a retired fashion coordinator who enjoys 
golf and travel. 

We are happy to hear that Dottie Mulhere Barrett is 
doing well after her surgery and is back to teaching swim- 
ming. She writes, "I am so blessed, with so many prayers 
and well wishers and a husband who puts my needs and 
wishes above himself." Disabled at 33, Dottie raised four 
children and has 13 grandchildren. She has been teaching 
swimming for 35 years. 

"Enjoyed our 50th reunion and seeing so many 
friends," writes Frances Peters Dunlevy. "The campus has 
sure changed, but so many things for the better." 

Marie Piotti Maier works part-time in the Wellesley, 
MA library. She has two daughters and three grandchil- 

Last summer, Roslyn Rowell Levesque and her "little 
sister" Mary Lou Burke Alexander '53 enjoyed a "lobster 

feed" at Roslyn's roommate's (Peg Thompson Wheatley) 

Virginia Snedaker Marschall is enjoying retired life in 
northern Kentucky where she moved to be near her son 
and his family. She writes, "We are lucky we are able to 
travel - Switzerland, Germany, Arizona, Florida." Virginia 
was looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion. She 
says, "My husband will be joining me — his first time at 

"Happy memories and love to all. I shall miss not being 
there with you," writes Martha Thomas Hasak. Martha 
enjoys golf and volunteer work. She has nine grandchil- 

Married 47 years, Margaret Thompson Wheatley 
enjoys tennis, golf, reading and needlework. She has three 
children and four grandchildren. She writes, "We enjoy our 
summer place in Maine and spend a couple of months in 
Florida in the winter." 

Bobbie Trout Krohn was looking forward to the 50th 

"Enjoying life and looking forward to our 50th," writes 
Barbara Wenzel Boucher. She finds retirement busier than 
working. She travels a lot, including visits to daughter 
(Washington, DC) and son (Denver, CO). Barbara had a 
reunion with Joan Dunlap Fullerton in Venice, FL. 


Janet Chase Ash traveled to New Jersey for her 50th 
high school reunion. She says, "All the Lasell girls looked 
great — Lynn Lyons Vanden-Handel and Althea Janke 
Gardner. Janet is enjoying her two grandchildren. 

Joan Darelius Chirnside is still working part-time in 
retail. She and her husband spent a month in Florida and 
visited Patricia Ripley Petit in South Carolina on their way 
down. Joan is looking forward to a trip to Alaska with her 
daughter's family. 

Maureen Fagan Hollf elder spent a week in Texas with 
her sister-in-law, Jan Pearson Hauck and "had a wonder- 
ful time." 

Elsie Knaus Klemt "just returned from another road 
trip (the third in our ongoing series) with my roommate 
Sylvia Pfeiffer Nesslinger and her husband." 

Betty Lou Page performs in local theatre, works as an 
artisf s model and is involved in the moratorium on the 
death penalty. She hopes to be at Lasell for her 50th 

Elizabeth Sleight Dexter is an antiques dealer. She sees 
Joan Darelius Chirnside and Elaine Crook Birrell on a 
regular basis. 

Audrey Thompson Rielle sees many of her Lasell 
friends who live in the New Jersey area. Audrey travels to 
see her children and grandchildren in Chicago, Michigan 
and New York. She says, "Retirement has been fun and 
good to us." 

Beverly Thornton Hallowell continues to volunteer at 
Metrowest Medical Center (MA). She has reunited with 
Janet Rummel Hayes. Beverly writes, "My four daughters 
have presented me with 10 grandchildren." 

Joy Ufford Penderville will be traveling out west via 
car with her oldest daughter and two grandchildren for 
five weeks. 

From Falmouth, Cape Cod, Shirley Vara Gallerani 
writes, "Even in the two years since I have retired as a 
Lasell faculty member, I am amazed and proud of the won- 
derful initiatives and accomplishments of the College. I 
keep in touch with Janet Gleason Nolan and Mary Ann 
Donahue." Shirley is vice-president of the Newcomers 
Club, serves on the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary Board 
and is a volunteer at the hospital. She spent a week in 
Cancun with all her children and grandchildren. She says, 
"I feel fortunate to be healthy and active. I would love to 
hear from other alums on the Cape. Sign onto Planet 

Jean Weeks Hanna was looking forward to attending 
her 50th reunion in May. Jean and Diane Cueny Harden 
often visit. 


Marjorie Bell Harding sold her interior design busi- 
ness and now works part-time for the new owner. 

Ann Bowerman Logan continues to be "healthy and 
happy." She enjoys winters in Naples, FL and Maine in 
August with "kids and grands (14 little ones)." 

Ann Chidsey Moebius lives on the lake in Conroe, TX. 
She writes, "We're blessed with five grandchildren, all of 
whom live in Dallas, so we see them often." 

Wendy Paul Doughty visited grandchildren in 
Colorado Springs. 

Artist Joan Rabbitt Downey has worked in watercolor, 
acrylics and oils and has won numerous awards for her 
work. She has been on the faculty of Guilford (CT) 
Handcrafts since 1979. 

Judith Stone Grabar celebrated her 40th wedding 
anniversary with a cruise to Alaska. She and her husband 
are planning a trip to Hawaii with Judith's sister, Mary 
Stone Leary '49. 

"Just enjoying life," writes Joan Trenholm Morris. 


Class Notes 

Class of 1957 

Celebrating her 48th anniversary, Sandra Weston 
Storer is doing some traveling, enjoying time with family 
— five children and four grandchildren. 


Judith Bowen Horky 's new novel, EarthShift was 
recently published. She writes, "It is a spiritual /metaphysi- 
cal adventure story. It presents a magical, mystical glimpse 
into a future filled with mind-bending possibilities." 

JoAnne DiPietro DiMarco attended the Palm Beach, 
FL alumni event this past March. Trips included a 3-week 
Mediterranean cruise and a western Caribbean cruise. 

"Retirement community living is wonderful, busy and 
few worries," writes Patricia Downing Card. 

Judith Gushue Blythe retired and moved to Boca 
Raton, FL. She writes, "So far I am enjoying the beautiful 

Barbara Hammett Elkinton returned from a "wonder- 
ful trip to Australia and New Zealand. We spent the last 
days with my roommate, Charleen Herrling Smith, and 
her husband at their cottage in Russell, New Zealand. Fun 
was had by all." 

Diana Hendley Cooper and husband chartered a 50- 
foot sailboat in Tortola with three couples and sailed in the 
British Virgin Islands for 10 days. 

Marilyn Meyer Herlin keeps busy as a full-time realtor 
in Fairfield, CT and as an appraiser of American and 
English antiques. She writes, "I was so glad to see my long- 
time friend and Lasell roommate in Palm Beach, FL. 

Lucinda Nolin Johnson and Marion Nutter went on a 
cruise down the Danube River, visiting four countries — 
Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. 
Lucinda writes, "Of all the cities, Prague was the most 
beautiful. I would love to go back." 

"Retirement is great," writes Anita Royer Martin. She 
is looking forward to visits from Sally McGill Jessie and 
Janet Holmes Murphy. Anita has three daughters and five 

Jean Ryder Tyler will retire as a Methodist minister 
after 33 years of service. She writes, "I am looking forward 
to traveling and visiting family and friends." 

Last fall Barbara Travis Hendrick, Gigi Harold, Sally 
Spicer Frazier and Marion Nutter got together at Lucinda 
Nolin Johnson's home on Cape Cod for a mini-reunion. 


Elaine Bertini Roske retired after working 28 years as a 
bookkeeper /billing clerk. 

"Had a great time at reunion last May 2001," writes 

Sandra Davis Hudson. "It 

was nice to see old 
friends. Was impressed 
with all the campus 
changes. Looking forward 
to our 50th." 

Pattie Holland Bird 
still loves her R.V. life in 
Naples, FL and at the lake 
in Spencer, MA in the 
summer. She and some 
friends formed a Red 
Hat/ Purple Dress group 
(a national organization) 
in which "all we do is 
wear a red hat, purple 
dress, have fun, go to 
lunch and cause a scene." 

Virginia Paolillo 
Lawlor is retiring in 
November from teaching 
7th grade reading. She 
writes, "I lost my best 
friend and Lasell class- 
mate, Karen Bloom Wenc 
in June 2001." 

Antoinette Ruinen Stapper moved to Lasell Village 
two years ago and is happy with the decision. She main- 
tains a NYC apartment. Visitors include Mia Ysselstyn 
Orlando '55 and Bev and Arlene, chums from Blaisdell. 


Ann Bidwell Sanborn says, "When not playing golf, 
bocci or tennis, I'm traveling to kids in Washington and 
Nevada." Ann is moving to a Highland Park, IL in-law 
apartment. She spends winters in Florida. 

Cynthia Clark Rose-Frazee is enjoying life, playing 

Gail Winalski Burd, Patricia Graff Willoughby, Starr Tupper 
Shannon and Marilyn Barette Roberts attended the Naples, FL 
alumni event in March 2002. 

(L to R) Judith Feldt Oswald '58 and Joanne Curtis 
Island '59 met while attending the same church 
in Florida. They discovered they had more in 
common — they were both Lasell alumni. 

Joan Pethybridge Thompson is retired. She plays golf 
almost every day, loves gardening and travel, takes in 
Broadway shows and is enjoying life. Joan keeps in touch 
with Mildred Berg Cunningham and Evelyn Sanders 

Carol Swartz Kumin is selling her home and looking 
for a condo on Cape Cod. Both of her children and her 
granddaughter live in northern California. Carol writes, "I 
keep in touch with Marilyn Pearce Ryan. Best 
regards to Class of '57." 

Nancye Van Deusen Connor "shared a 
delightful dinner with Dean Ruth 
Rothenberger Harris over the 150th 
Sesquicentennial weekend. Also a great visit 
with Caroline Killam Moller." 

"I am still going on cruises and enjoying 
them," writes Ada Whitmore Suydam. 


Beverly Dansky Singer has taken up golf. 
Her greatest pleasure "comes from my two 
grandsons." Beverly is still waiting to hear 
from her roommate, Jane. 

"Started my own business at age 63," 
writes Laurie Ferrante Cannon. "Despite my 
physical disabilities, I am a survivor." Laurie 
creates and knits each product with "pain, joy 
and love." 

"See you at our 45th reunion next year," 
writes Marion Heinsohn Mitchell. "Working 
at my church keeps me out of trouble." 
Marion has special time with her granddaugh- 
ters when she picks them up at school once a 
week. She will have another granddaughter 
though marriage when her second son mar- 

(L to R) Dean Ruth Rothenberger Harris, former 
Dean of Students, and Nancye Van Deusen Connor 
share a delightful dinner during the 150th 
Sesquicentennial Weekend. 

golf, gardening and training her golden retriever. She spent 
five months at Skaneateles Lake, NY, and says, "gorgeous 

Marion Day Grosjean lives alone in Tacoma, WA. She 
writes, "This is a lovely area to visit. Just let me know 
when you plan it." 

"Love to travel, volunteer at White House, visit family, 
entertain visitors and email," writes Pat Dodge Stewart. 

"Enjoyed the Lasell gathering in Naples," writes 
Marcia James Carthaus. 

Peggy Ann Kenison Glaister travels to England and 
Wales yearly to visit family. She is active in her local 
church. Gardening and grandchildren take up her spare 

"Our grandchildren numbers are growing," writes 
Caroline Killam Moller. "We are the proud grandparents 
of five precious grandchildren." 

Joan Kramer Edelman writes, "Sorry to miss reunion. I 
think fondly of my years at Lasell and the wonderful 
women who were there with me." 

"Enjoying the best of both worlds in our homes in 
Florida and Maine and our precious 12 grandchildren. 
Sorry I can't be with you all at reunion," writes Elizabeth 
Liebewein Snyder. 

Audrey Mac Adam Lowe skates daily and will be "back 
in the saddle" now that the nice weather is arriving. She 
writes, "Having a ball with my grandchildren. I stay busy. 
Is that what keeps us young?" 


Junis Anderson Nicholson has plans to 
tour the national parks out west. She is look- 
ing forward to retirement. She has three grandchildren. 

Angela D'Errico Gable is retired from the medical field 
and is enjoying her grandchildren and pets. 

Nancy Gotz Cohn has been emailing her roommate, 
Barbara Lewis Berger. They met for lunch in New York 

"Sorry to miss the 150th celebration, but I enjoyed read- 
ing about it," writes Elizabeth Healy Shelby. 

Barbara Lewis Berger is retired and living in New 
Bern, NC. She tutors elementary-school special needs stu- 
dents and enjoys aqua aerobics. She has five grandsons and 
one granddaughter. 

Barbara Thompson Tubridy became a first-time grand- 
mother in November. 



Elaine Gagnon Wheaton is loving retirement, doing a 
lot of traveling and enjoying five grandchildren. 

"I became a first-time grandma in April," Barbara 
Jacoby Adelstein proudly writes. 

Michele Poirier Gorman was a presenter on the topic 
of "The Role of the Independent Counselor in an 


Loyal Class of 1960 mini-reunion at Joan White Martin's B & B, set in the Finger 
Lakes National Forest. "After hiking, visiting vineyards and enjoying the serene 
beauty of the area, we agreed we haven't changed since our days at Lasell and are 
looking forward to our next gathering — our big 50th, only eight years away." 

1st Row (L to R) Mary McCartney Kuhrtz, Suzanne Spangenberg Straley, Linda 
Chiaramonte Mount, Joan White Martin, Lynda Green Scourtis 

2nd Row (L to R) Barbara McAlary Kashar, Faith Bowker Maloney, Frances Fleming 

3rd Row (L to R) Karen Kirk Macintosh, Elaine Waters Shaunessy 

have two girls, two boys, six 
grandchildren. We summer 
on the Cape and spend the 
winter in Arizona." 

"Blessings to Lasell and 
the Class of '62," writes 
Tracy Potter 
Vangermeersch. Tracy is 
thinking about retirement. 
She has three grandchildren. 

Bonnie Reimann retired 
two years ago from teaching 
high school and has been 
enjoying her new-found 
freedom. She's doing a lot of 
traveling — California, 
Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, 
Alaska, Puerto Rico, and 
Europe and "plans to do 
much more!" 

"So sorry not to attend 
my 40th reunion," writes 
Sally Remley Southmayd, 
"but my husband is recu- 
perating from his total-hip 
surgery. We sold our house 
in Newton, so we are now 
in Boothbay Harbor, ME 
(summer) and Key Largo, 
FL (winter)." 

Linda Resnick Baer 
asks, "Any classmates in the 
Carolinas? We often vaca- 
tion in the Myrtle Beach, SC, 

"Sure hate to miss 

Increasingly Competitive Admission Process," at the 
College Board Regional New England meeting. 

"We just had grandchild #3. 1 am thrilled and very 
hands on," writes Lynn Williams Kern. 

Susann York Stadtf eld writes, "Being a grandparent 
and retired at the same time is awesome." 


Linda Fait York is the proud grandmother of two 

Linda Telfer '60, Alumni Board of Management 
Reunion Volunteer Extraordinaire, worked double 
overtime on Reunion Weekend and rested while lis- 
tening to the New Philharmonia concert. 

granddaughters, one in Tennessee and one in 

Phyllis Milano enjoyed visits with June Vara Todaro 
and Ann Porcaro Mucera. "It is always good to be with 
friends dating back to years at Lasell." 

Charlotte Pattee Matthew enjoys life in Phoenix, AZ 
(29 years). She writes, "We are fortunate that our daughters 
and two grandsons live close by." 


"Retirement is great," writes Linda Bald Lathrop. 
"Can't make it to reunion. Would love to see everyone and 
see the many changes on campus. Doing some traveling - 
Disney, St. Maarten and our annual trip to Maine." 

Muriel Bloom Bruskin works for her husband three 
hours a day and enjoys her two grandsons. 

Francine Cohn Jaff e spent seven months in Boca Raton, 
FL, and summers in Framingham, MA. 

"Who lives better than me?" writes Nancy Martin 
Phelps. "I'm married for 40 years to a husband-to-die-for. I 

reunion," writes Linda 
Strecker Thorn. "We'll be cruising north from Florida to 
Connecticut. Best to all in the Class of '62." 


Deborah Begg McKinney retired from the Hartford 
(CT) Hospital. She keeps in touch with Barbara 
Christiansen Haimann and spends time with "my two 
adorable granddaughters." 

Nancy Bunn Oakes is enjoying retirement — playing 
golf, skiing, and getting involved with community 


Linda Gibbs Cohen is a branch manager in the Quincy, 
MA Public Library. She writes, "I am enjoying all the bless- 
ings in my life — my 35th wedding anniversary, my married 
son and beautiful granddaughter." 


Sandra Clark Boynton travels a lot and spends winters 
in Florida. She writes, "I have five grandchildren and have 
lots of fun with them." Sandra still has her own medical 
transcription business. 

Karen Langley Current is back in her hometown of 
Hampton, NH. She has five granddaughters. Karen sees 
Marsha Shane Brann and would like to hear from Sally 
Beaven Elsasser. 

Jill Norton Weeks is "alive and well" in Scarborough, 
ME. Jill writes that she's coming up on 38 years married to 

Class of 1962 

the same great guy, loves her five grandchildren dearly, 
and enjoys two weeks off from her store for travel to the 

Karen Pedersen Silverthorn's daughter got married. 

Class of 1967 

Katie McDonough Ryan and Kathy Morgan Lucey. 


"What a fabulous reunion we had! We need more '66 
grads to join us for our next milestone," writes Barbara 
Caron MacLean. Barbara became a first-time grandmother 
in March. 

Nancy Naylor Busby says, "Aren't the discounts we 
get for being senior citizens terrific?" Nancy sold her snow- 
mobile business last year and found "a perfect job." She 
writes, "I'm enjoying using the skills I learned at Lasell and 
love being the church secretary, a full-time, year-round job. 
Blessings to all!" 

"Last year's reunion was great fun," writes Virginia 
Wolf Bradley. "It was such a treat to see former classmates 
and share the weekend with them." 


Sue Joiner Rudloff retired from full-time work in 
February and is now "enjoying more free time." Sue and 
her husband plan on traveling with their camper. She 
keeps in touch with Margaret Brooks Pilachowski. 

Susan Lillywhite recently sold her family toy business 
and is now a landlord of the commercial space. She writes, 
"It is a big step in my life as the business was in my family 
for 106 years. Sometimes change is necessary. I am having 
a blast." 

In May 2002 Linda Smith Gero received a degree in 
veterinary technology from Northwestern Connecticut 
Community College. 

For the past 25 years, Victoria Tenney Baker has 
owned her own interior design firm in Brookline, MA. She 
writes, "I have three children, and life is good." 


Heather Heath Reed "happily" works at home as a 
writer /photographer. She relaxes with books, crossword 
puzzles, travel and gardening. 


Last year, Ronna Blumenthal, her husband and daugh- 
ter went to the Ukraine to adopt a 3 1 /2 year old boy who 
spoke only Russian. "It has been an exciting and challeng- 
ing year for all of us," writes Ronna. "He has adapted 
quickly and is now fluent in English and ready to start 

Marguerite Brossos Rosinski is the new Economic 
Development Specialist for the town of Haverhill, MA. Her 
job is to help the town's small businesses by bringing their 
concerns to city hall and making every effort to get them 

Janet DeVito would love to hear from any "Karandon 
Curies." Janet asks, "Where's Barbara Johns Rufino?" 

"Am still living in Braintree and see Eileen Cleveland 
Sterio often," writes Wendy Woolf ort Cutler. Would like 
to hear from Janis Clary and Lynn Faber Morrisey." 


Pat Buxton was joined by President de Witt. 


"I send my regards to all my friends," writes Carol 
Goulian Stewart. Carol has three sons and volunteers in 
her community and at her children's schools. 

Our sincere condolences to Martha Garshman Spector 


Class Notes 

Pamela Smith '77, daughter of Joy Gustavson Smith 
'50, with her niece, Julia, who is Joy's granddaughter 

on the death of her husband, Jerry. 

Deborah Kopf Hayes works in a neonatal intensive 
care unit. She lives in Burlington, VT with her husband and 
twin sons. 


Katherine Begg Kiernan has been working as a cyto- 
technologist for the past 29 years. She has a son and a 

"I'm happy as a lark/' writes Ann Bollinger Depuy. 
She is a Christian education administrator and a high 
school Softball coach. Ann is married, has two kids and two 

Toby dayman writes, "The miles and my health pre- 
vent me from sharing reunion weekend with my class- 

Class of 1 972 

mates. I send my warmest regards." 

Graduating from Lasell College with a degree in fash- 
ion merchandising is Nancy Germain Smith's daughter, 
Lindsey. Nancy is celebrating her 25th wedding anniver- 

Evelyn Gottfried Seigle has two sons. 

Three years ago Amy Juskowitz Sponseller retired 
from her position as communications specialist for Johns 
Hopkins Hospital. Amy is president of a foundation for 
children with cancer. She is the mother of two. 

Patricia Oakley Osburn works part-time and takes care 
of her husband. She has three sons. 

Joanne White Bartlett has gone back to school to get a 
Master's Degree in school counseling. 

Katherine Williams O'Donoghue is an analyst in infor- 
mation services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is mar- 
ried, has a son and lives in Norwood, MA. 


Kristy Fox-Berman graduated from Rutgers University 
with a Masters in Social Work. 


Elaine Goldman was elected Vice President for the 
New England Association for Employment in Education. 
She is Associate Director of the Career Education Center at 
Simmons College. 

Kathleen O'Brien Shea is the coordinator of the 
Nursing Learning Resource Center at St. John Fisher 
College in Rochester, NY. 

"Our annual chick weekend to celebrate 30 years of our 
friendship will be in the city where it all started — Boston," 
writes Susan Shaw Allen. "The chicks are Susan Curry 
Soucy, Jill Mills Cozens, Jill Greenleaf Kells-Murphy, 
Deborah Bradley Severance, Patricia Raposa Reineke, 

Beth Ballard and me." 


Debra Alperin Cameron works part- 
time and has three children. She volun- 
teers at the Commonwealth Figure 
Skating Club. 


After visiting her brother and his 70 
huskies in Colorado, Cynthia Pinkham 
bought two kittens for her son. 

Pamela Smith is an administrative 
assistant. She teaches figure skating and 

Margaret Supple Skarinka is an oper- 
ating room nurse at Massachusetts 
General Hospital. Married for 20 years, 
she has two sons. Peggy enjoys tennis, 
skiing and reading. 


From Ecuador, Sandra Beraha writes, 
"I am grateful for the wonderful years at 
Lasell, the great education I received, and the nice people I 
met. I have achieved success with my art." Her work has 
been accepted by Coral Gables International Art Center, 
and Sandra is presently negotiating with two more compa- 

Patricia Ray writes, "Hope our nursing class attends 
our 25th reunion in 2003." 

"Living in the same town as Lasell, with our four chil- 
dren, ages 3 - 9," writes Christina Striker Parker. 


Joyce Knapp moved to the D.C. area three years ago. 
She keeps busy with "politics, 
church, the social scene and my 



Lisa Allen McGoff graduated 
nursing school in 1995. She has 
three children and is a stay-at- 
home mom. 

Donna Luddy DeNegre is a 
medical assistant for a large 
OB/Gyn group. She has three chil- 

Lori Stein Ferrari owns a real 
estate appraisal company. She has 
two children. 


"Would like to hear from my 
friends from Woodland (Melanie, 
Ellen, Lauren, Diane and Julie)," 
writes Diane Calvert Freeman. 
Nancy Titus Laliberte is a 
physical therapist assistant living in Eppping, NH with her 
husband and son. 


Lisa Hawks Gillum is a protective service supervisor at 
Elder Services on the Cape. She has two daughters. Lisa 
writes, "Hope everyone is doing well. I sure miss Lasell." 

Amanda Morris is an educational technician for the 
therapeutic nursery program at Spurwink School, a non- 
profit that provides services to individuals with behavior 
problems, mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. 

Class of 1992 

Michelle Strathie, Sherri Scichilone Collins and Stormy Horton Bell. 



Lynne Lorray is a makeup artist for Estee Lauder, a 
licensed esthetician and a Barbizon model instructor. 

Kellie Williams is in her 11th year as a physical thera- 
pist at Hubbard Regional Hospital's outpatient facility for 
rehabilitative services in Webster, MA. Kellie says, "I enjoy 
meeting the different types of people who come here, and 
it seems that I learn something every day." 


Lara Marks Steckler "loves being a stay-at-home 
mom" for her son, Noah. 

Jo Anne Padula Founder celebrated her seventh wed- 
ding anniversary and has two "beautiful boys." She has 
been in California since 1999 and is "trying to move back to 

Sherri Scichilone Collins has two children and is "still 
doing home daycare." 

Michelle Strathie completed a Master's Degree in 
Counseling and is a social worker at the Bolton Manor 
Nursing Home. 


Lisa Best Peoples moved back to New England. She is 
an accounts payable specialist for St. John Hospital in 
Nashua, NH. 

Deborah Lestch is a transitional kindergarten teacher 
at the Jewish Community Center. She writes, "I am glad to 
be back in Massachusetts and am looking to move back to 

Kellie Wilkins Kulick has been named director of mar- 
keting at Academy Point in Mystic, CT. 


Marsha Greenstein is the youth and adult sport family 
director at the YMCA in Waltham, MA. 

While Carol Nesbitt Vlahakis enjoyed her work as a 
physical therapist assistant in a hospital, she is now mar- 
ried and enjoys being a stay-at-home mom for her son and 

Class of 1997 

Patti Beck, Barbara Ortega-Alicea and Jean Petrino 


Carissa Templeton worked at the Center for Public 
Service on Lasell's campus for two years. She writes, "I am 
back in the area, living with my partner, trying to figure 
out if I want to spend over $100k to become a public inter- 
est lawyer who makes much less than that." She works at a 
shelter for homeless teens and at a free clinic for people 
who can't afford representation. Carissa says," I see a lot of 
the old crew — Urit, Jenn B. Janna, Dee, Kerri. But Kara is 
off to Africa and Jo is in Colorado, changing the world." 



Heather Cimral Sanger was one of two former Title 1 
students to represent Massachusetts in the annual 
Distinguished Graduates Award Program. She teaches 
kindergarten at Mulberry Childcare Center and is working 
toward a Master's Degree in Special Education at 
Assumption College in Worcester, MA. 




Marjorie Gilbert '50 to Joseph Rnipper on May 17, 2002 

Susan Brown '93 to Michael Celli on September 22, 2001 

Kristin Messerschmitt '93 to Gregory Kinsky on May 18, 2002 

Rachel Noah '94 to Darren Mindlin 

Laura Jones '98 to Matthew Jacobs on October 6, 2001 

Lori Walker '98 to Kenneth Maag 

Nicole Skaltsis '00 to Roberto Bosco on July 7, 2001 


Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '83, a son, in June 2002 
Mina Capana Spadaro '88, a son, Matthew John, 

on May 11, 2002 
Michelle Strathie '92, a daughter, Emma Jessie, 

on October 17, 2000 
Janet Bernstein Cummings '93, a daughter, Hannah Rose, 

in August 2001 
Carrie Lempke Braxton '95, a daughter, Madison Alexa, 

on November 30, 2001 


Lilian Wood Wood '22 on March 25, 2002 
Cathleen Meloon Wallace '23 on April 2, 2002 
Helen Earl Potter '24 on February 21, 2002 
Ethel Clow Black '25 on March 27, 2002 
Grace Thayer Berkeley '25 on April 1, 2002 

Edith Jensen White '26 on September 11, 2000 

Edith Thorpe Van Dine '27 on March 21, 2002 

Edith Hussey Adams '28 on March 29, 2000 

Betty Knowles Lande '28 

Margaret Newman '28 on May 8, 2002 

Mimi Norton Wallace '28 

Louise Adams Gallup Carlyle '29 on March 12, 2002 

Julia Tiffany Brand '29 on November 25, 1999 

Betty Richards Colman '30 

Alice Hamlin Ogden '31 

Barbara Gould Whittredge '32 on May 16, 2002 

Carol Griffin Teich '32 on March 10, 2002 

Mary Jane Selby Guerry '35 on July 4, 2002 

Carolyn Young Cate '36 on January 26, 2002 

Katharine Gamble '37 in February 1992 

Corinne Gossweiler Ross '37 on March 11, 2001 

Yvette Harrington Van Huysen '37 

Louise Hedlund Mercer '37 on March 9, 2002 

Sophia Regas Caragianis '37 on March 23, 2002 

Dorothy Stewart Broadfoot '37 on June 3, 2002 

Laurina Wilson Rawlings '37 

Betsy Bassett Wells '38 on June 1, 2002 

Beatrice Wadsworth Johnson '39 on February 15, 2002 

Etta Eldredge Long '40 on May 25, 2002 

Elizabeth Foss-Mayo '40 on March 17, 2002 

Eleanor Goulding Greenawalt '40 

Dorothea Mayer Ellison '40 on February 6, 2002 

Peggy Baldwin Farrow '41 on February 27, 2002 

Mary Jane Goodman Miller '42 

Jeanne Schwarz Walsh '42 

Mary Franklin Woods '43 on April 15, 2002 

Shirley Frank Kerner '45 

Joan Logan '47 on February 3, 2000 

Joanne Block Wilkinson '48 on January 10, 2002 

Audrey Cooper Noyes '48 on August 3, 2001 

Virginia Hill Kubly '48 on October 18, 2001 

Barbara Noel Garvin '48 on March 2002 

Evelyn Plumer '48 on February 21, 2002 

Barbara Washer Miller '48 on March 28, 2002 

Nancy Weber '48 on February 2, 2002 

Nancy Conners Stoddard '49 on May 18, 2001 

Eleanor Heiden Messinger '49 

Joan Caulfield McGean '50 on March 26, 2002 

Danis O'Neil Gerbeville '52 on May 24, 2002 

Jean Carpenter Field '54 on January 8, 2002 

Sally Barnstead Witcher '54 

Jeannette Zglenicki '61 on April 13, 2002 

Sara Spelke Slater '69 on February 11, 2002 

Joi-lin Wintergrass Win '74 on December 30, 2001 

Christine St. Andre '89 on June 11, 2002 

Harriet Atwood, former faculty, on April 30, 2002 
Maria Cobb, former faculty, on February 17, 2002 
Dorothy Ellis Weston, former faculty, on June 6, 2002 


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class years at Lasell gatherings. Ifs a chance to meet and network with 

other alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest 
information about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(617) 243-2139 if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. 
The office creates and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed 
is to help make some follow-up phone calls. 



Worcester, MA 
Worcester Art Museum 
3:30 - 5 p.m. Reception 

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Docent tour led by 
Elfreda Reck Dubin '44 

FIORir)A ; MARfH7nn7 

Bird Key Yacht Club in Sarasota - seated 1 to r — Celia 
Kinsley Percival '34, Dean of Lasell Village Paula Panchuck, 
Terry Bergeron Hoyt '45, Ann Scott Peal '44, Marge Ray 
Blackett '42, standing — Ginger Martin Paradise '62 and 
husband, Forrest 



New York City 

Brunch — 12 Noon - 2:30 p.m. at 

Le Madeline Bistro Garden — 403 West 43rd Street 

and St. James Theatre — 246 West 44th Street 

"The Producers" — 3 p.m. 

Farmington, CT 
Apricof s Restaurant 
Luncheon 11:30 a.m. 

MARCH, '03 


Sarasota, Florida 

Home of Bobbi Trout Krohn '52 


Naples, Florida 

Windstar Country Club — 11:30 a.m. Brunch 


Delray Beach, Florida 

Delray Beach Yacht Club — luncheon 

I Saturday 

Vero Beach, Florida 

Paula Panchuck, Dean of Lasell Village, spoke to the Naples 
alumni gathering at the Caribbean Zoo. 

An antiques appraiser offered advice to east coast alums at 
the Lake Worth gathering. 


Class Notes 

Lasell's Newest Alumni 

Reconnect with 
Your Classmates 
and Friends! 




Features include: 

• Email forwarding-for-life 

• Member directories, message boards & 
real-time chats 

• Online clubs and mentoring 

• Networking, business card exchange & 
job listings 

• Donations online 

• Reunion planning and event calendars, 
photo albums 

• Downloadable Lasell Leaves and other 

Steps to join the online community: 

• Go to 

• Click on "Join this Group" link 

• Click on "Click here to Join Now!" under 
"I'm a new user" 

• Fill out the required information, and 
you are in 

A Call for Alumni 
to be Friends of the 

is looking for a small group of people who 
would like to help start Friends of the 
Brennan Library. Here are some ideas 
being considered. 

The Friends can work together to: 

• Plan and sponsor programs, like an author's 

• Act as liaison to the college community 

• Help create financial support for programs 
beyond the library's budget 

• Encourage gifts and endowments to the 

• Hold book sales or other fund raising events 

• Volunteer for special library projects 

• Have a good time 

"The list above is general. Once we have a 
group, and it could consist of: students, Lasell 
alumni, Lasell Village residents, and neighbors, we 
can better define our goals," says Allyson. "I 
would love to start Friends of Brennan Library, but 
I need some good people to help me. With even a 
small group, we can define the mission and begin 
planning our Friends program." 

If you are interested, please call Allyson at 
617-243-2243. * 

Alumni Association 

Association Scholarships are returning stu- 
dents who have financial need and have 
demonstrated their outstanding ability as 
scholars. They were selected from a com- 
petitive pool of applicants and bring a wide 
range of talents to the Lasell community. 

Most are leaders in extra-curricular activities on 
and off campus including: Admission 
Ambassador, Student Liaison to the Alumni Board 
of Management, Men's Basketball, Women's 
Lacrosse, Peer Mentorship and Organizational 
Leadership, Resident Assistant, Spanish Tutor, 
Campus Activities Board, Big Brother /Big Sister 
Program, Emerging Leaders Program, First Year 
Seminar Co-Facilitator, and mentoring a neighbor- 
hood pre-teen. The recipients for the 2002-2003 
school year are: 

Carla Bascope, a Fashion Merchandising junior, 
from Crofton, MD 

Michael Terrell Connor, an Elementary Education 
senior, from Branf ord, CT 

Crystal Crafts, a Fashion Merchandising junior, 
from Granby, MA 

Ella Glowacki, an Early Childhood Education 
sophomore, from Waltham, MA 

Laura Miller, a Fashion Design /Production senior, 
from Mount Joy, PA 

Amy Pilat, an Early Childhood Education junior, 
from Acushnet, MA 

Jennifer Toscano, an Education junior, from 
Roslindale, MA **• 


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? fi rorard^ Cynthia Goodhue 


On September 7th, over 200 people attended the 
opening of the Yamawaki Cultural Center's first 
show of the 2002-2003 season, "My Mother's 
Closet: Reflections on Voice." The curator was 
Fashion faculty member Lynn Blake who put the 
show together as an M.F.A. degree project for 
Goddard College. 

"I wanted the exhibit to reflect how different 
artists felt about their mothers and to give them 
the opportunity to create something unique for 
these women who have such an important place 
in our lives," explains Lynn. "The pieces are mixed 
media with clothing, images and installations 
that represented the persona of the contributors' 

Four of the 13 participants were Lasell faculty 
members, including Lynn who had three pieces 
in the show. Other participating faculty were Jill 
Carey, Stephen Fischer and Joan Morris. 

A variety of different programs and exhibits 
are being planned for the rest of the season. "We 
have an exciting year both culturally and musical- 
ly," exclaims Richard Bath, Fashion and Design 
department chair and director of the Yamawaki 
Cultural Center. **- 



New England Medical Cen- 
ter's Oncology Department 
in Jen's name. This sum- 
mer," she says proudly, 
"will be the fourth annual 

In Associate Professor 
Tessa leRoux's Sociology of 
Education Class, students 
created posters that por- 
trayed and expanded their 
topics. Two students talked 
about D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse 
Resistance Education) and 
the class then proceeded to 
examine the program's pros 
and cons. Other subjects 
discussed were AIDS educa- 
tion and Charter Schools. 

Professor Steven Bloom's Family on Stage & 
Screen class presented a discussion dealing with 
intergenerational programming. Honors students 
Michelle Bartlett '04 and Amber King '04 com- 
pared the current TV program "Seventh Heaven" 
with an episode of "The Waltons." Villagers won- 
dered how realistic the characters in "Seventh 
Heaven" were, commenting on the role of 
women and the need for sexual connotations in 
today's shows. 

Other presentations included display tables 
hosted by the School of Business and Information 
Technology such as the Hotel, Travel & Tourism 
students who had created travel CD's. Another 
table was staffed by students who had been 

Students interactively present their project during Connected Learning Symposium Week. 

certified by the IRS to act as tax preparers for 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a free 
tax preparation service sponsored by the Internal 
Revenue Service for low-to-limited income, dis- 
abled and elderly taxpayers. 

The Moulin Rouge Fashion Show, a festive, 
French cabaret-style event, was standing room 
only. "All the fashion majors worked as a group 
to make the event a success," said James Martin 
'04, a Fashion Merchandising major. "We learned 
how to delegate and the pieces came together. It 
was a lot of work but we had a good time doing it." 

The show was the perfect grand finale to the 
week's events. **■ 



As well as visiting Scotland and Yorkshire, I 
traveled to Sweden and France. I had classes 
with a Saudi Arabian princess and can't wait to 
have an T miss London' reunion with all my 
American contacts." 

By 2004, Lasell hopes to have its own program 
that will fit into the January intersession time 
frame. "We are in the planning stages of devel- 
oping a three credit course in global ecology 
that would take place in Costa Rica," explains 
Dean Doran. "There will be preview classes at 
Lasell followed by an eight day trip, and the 
program would be open to Villagers as well." 

Also in the planning stage is the development 
of connected-learning opportunities overseas. 
Already a Fashion Merchandising major spent 
three months in London on a buying internship, 
and Dean Doran would like to see more students 
do the same thing. "We are contacting overseas 
alumni to see what types of internships might 
be available in their areas and also working to 
ensure that students do not lose any credits by 

taking advantage of this opportunity. As with 
any international study, providing aid is always 
an issue." 

In addition, the College is supporting interna- 
tional service-learning projects. Professor Helen 
Alcala will be leading a group to Orizaba, Mexico, 
for spring 2003 to do just that. Professor Alcala 
did a Fulbright Scholarship there last year. 

In an effort to make international learning 
a two-way street, Lasell is looking to bring 
foreign students to its campus and make them 
part of the community. To this end, the College 
has just established a relationship with the 
College Embassy Student Program (CES) in the 
form of a Transition Program for international 

"Students enrolled in CES and housed at 
Lasell weren't applying to Lasell because they 
weren't thinking of this as a logical progression," 
says Admissions Counselor Linda Walsh. "We 
are trying to change this." 

The Transition Program has been created for 
students who are lagging in their English prepa- 
ration but would like to apply to the College. 
"We are creating a bridge program for these 
students while they build their English skills," 
Linda explains. The program has two phases. In 
Phase 1, students will only study English, but 
once they are able to score 450 or higher in the 
TOEFL test for English proficiency, they will 
enter Phase 2. "These students will take some of 
their courses from CES and some from Lasell. 
Once they reach the 500 level they are able to 
enroll as a full-time student at Lasell." 

This is the first year that Lasell has accepted 
applications from CES students and two were 
accepted for this fall semester. With the arrival 
of these students on campus and with the 
growth of the Study Abroad Program, opportu- 
nities for international exposure are steadily 
gaining momentum. ** 

FALL 2002 



Lasell Women's Softball: NAC Champs! 


The softball team won its first ever North 
Atlantic Conference Championship with an exciting 
8-7 victory over Becker College. Going into the 
bottom of the seventh inning, the score was 8-6 
when Becker scored a run. With two outs and 
two on, Nerissa Tucker '05 made the all-important 
catch, in spite of colliding with team member 
Britney Falite '03. Tarda McGrath '03 was named 
MVP of the tournament and Britney Falite '03, 
Jenie Hiza '05, and Sonja Landry '04 were named 
to the All-Tournament team. 

The team really didn't miss a beat the entire sea- 
son and with their record of 21-17, they hold the 
most victories for a softball team in Lasell history. 

"It was really a fun season," exclaimed coach 
Bob McKinley. "We peaked at the right time as 
we approached the playoffs, and our first champi- 
onship was the result of total team effort. 

We have some very good recruits coming in to 
join our returnees and we're looking forward to 
another great season." 

Men's Lacrosse 


This was the fourth season of competition for 
the men's lacrosse team and the first season of 
play in the newly formed Pilgrim League. Over- 

coming injuries all season long, the 
Lasers compiled the best record in 
the program's young history and 
started the season with an eight 
game winning streak. They missed 
the playoffs by a narrow margin. 

The Laser's offense was led by 
freshman midfielder Louis Lucchetii, 
who finished the season with 75 
points (40 goals and 35 assists). 
He was named the Pilgrim League 
"Rookie of the Year." Defensively, 
the Lasers had to step up when 
junior Ryan Kelleher was injured 
and out for the season. Mike Gal- 
lagher '03 led the young corps of "longpoles" and 
goalie Paul Lively '02 finished up the season with 
199 saves. 

All but five seniors will be returning next sea- 
son, so the Lasers should be prime for the play- 
offs next spring. 

Women's Lacrosse 


It was a hard fought season, as exemplified by 
the team's last game against Worcester State. 
With less than a minute to go, Worcester scored a 

The women's softball team — NAC Champions! 

goal to tie the game at 9-9. This sent the teams 
into a six-minute overtime and unfortunately 
Lasell was unable to top their opponents, eventu- 
ally losing 11-9. 

Nicole Hart '04 was the team's leading scorer, 
with 32 goals and one assist and Aimee Waid '05 
made the New England Women's Lacrosse All- 
Alliance Team. Andrea Kimball '04 played out- 
standing defense throughout the season. 

With no graduating players, the team will be 
stronger and more experienced next year and 
looks forward to a winning season. **- 





Director of Athletics, Kristy Walter. 

Message from the Athletic Director 


the athletic department at Lasell College is experiencing both growth and stability. A second full-time 
assistant director of athletics, Chris Harvey, was added to the administrative staff (see page 15) and most 
of the coaching staff is returning. This consistency will ensure an even more successful year for Lasell 
College athletes. 

In his new acLministrative role, Chris Harvey 
will focus on athlete academic progress and 
intramurals. He will be monitoring the academic 
progress of the student-athletes with a focus on 
the first year athletes and any returning athlete 
who has a GPA of less than 2.5. The main goals 
of this position will be to increase the number of 
student-athletes on the student-athlete honor roll, to 
decrease the number of ineligible student athletes, 
and to increase the retention of student-athletes. 
Chris will also retain his duties as the head coach 
for the men's basketball team. 

Entering his fifth year with the athletic depart- 
ment, he is not alone in his tenure. Mary Tom 
and Karin Shue, coaches of the women's volley- 
ball team, will be entering their sixth season and 
have been here the longest of the coaches current- 

ly on staff. Softball coaches Bob McKinley and 
Tom DeFilippo and men's soccer coach John Paci- 
ni are all beginning their fifth seasons. Jessica 
King will be beginning her fourth season as a 
head coach and as an administrator. The remain- 
ing head coaches will be entering their second 
or third year with Lasell. The women's lacrosse 
coach, Dana Czapnik, will be the only brand new 
head coach this year. 

In the world of Division HI and part-time coach- 
es, this is not the norm. We are very fortunate to 
have this continuity in the department. This stabili- 
ty also lends itself to the well being of the student- 
athletes as they can focus on more important 
things than having to adjust to a whole new style 
of coaching. 

The 2002-2003 seasons are shaping up to be 
quite successful for all of the teams. All twelve 
will be vying for a conference championship and 
will be looking for a chance to participate in the 
post-season. >*• 



Kristy Walter 

P.S. Don't forget to get all your Laser Updates 
online at 



FALL 2002 


Coach Harvey holds the winning basketball while 
surrounded by his team. 

Chris Harvey 
Appointed Assistant 
Director of Athletics 

the men's basketball team, which last year 
earned a bid to the NCAA Division III 
Tournament, Chris Harvey is now taking 
on the additional role of Assistant Director 
of Athletics in charge of academic advising. 

"I've always been interested in the advising 
side and I'm looking forward to working with 
the student-athletes and building their academic 
success skills," says Chris. 

In this first year, Chris will be laying the foun- 
dation for how this new position will work. "I 
talked with Athletic Director Kristy Walter, and 
we both decided that we'd concentrate on doing 

a few things very well and then build from there. 
I plan to have a lot of hands-on with each athlete 
and look forward to having a high comfort level 
with every student." 

In order to get the freshman athletes into good 
study habits, there will be required study halls 
for them three nights a week. Chris will also be 
creating a file for each team and each player on 
that team, and will meet with every student-ath- 
lete once a month. "I want to know the students' 
class schedules and I want to know the require- 
ments for each major. By connecting with the 
faculty, I hope to understand the flow of advising. 
This way I'll have a good idea of where every 
athlete stands academically." 

Chris will be coordinating a peer mentoring 
program in which senior athletes will be paired 
with freshman athletes so that the new students 
aren't overwhelmed by the lures of the social 
scene, such as staying up too late and trying to 
do too much. He will also be setting up intramur- 
al activities for the entire Lasell community, mak- 
ing a sports recreational component available to 
all students. A future dream is to get athletes out 
into the inner-city to work with children. 

When asked about the upcoming basketball 
season, Chris says, "Last year's success put fuel 
in the team fire. The returning players have a 
renewed focus and I'm sure the new players will 
catch on. This year's play will be more of a group 
effort. We don't know yet who might step up to 
being the 'go-getter guy,' but we certainly have 
a lot of candidates." 

For Lasell to have been recognized by the 
NCAA says a lot about where the College has 
come. "Everything lined up for us last year and 
now we have a renewed focus. Not only do I 
want the team to have the same success on the 
court, but I want every athlete to meet with 
success in the classroom. In the fall of '01, 47% 
of student-athletes were on the honor role. 
I'm hoping to make that number climb." »- 


(*First year athletes) 

Carla Bascope 

Eduardo Gooding 

Mark Marquart 

Sarah Phillips* 

Myya Beck 

Pierra Groppa* 

Tarah Martell* 

Sarah Quinones 

Ashley Brisson* 

Heidi Hanna* 

James Martin 

Dave Richard 

Lindsay Calarco 

Alyssa Hein 

Tania McGrath 

Justin Ruggerio 

Tracy Cameron 

Chris Hickey 

Molly Merchant 

Bruna Santa Barbara* 

Tania Cirino 

Chris Hufnagel 

Ryan Michelangelo* 

Monica Sheppard 

Dan Costa* 

Wayne Kreis* 

Massielle Morales 

Brian Smith 

Allegra DeLuca* 

Sonja Landry 

Ryan Morell 

Cyndy Smith 

Jill Dionne 

Emily Lens 

Joanna Morin* 

Deena St. Angelo* 

Danielle Eid 

Jen Lesnick 

Colleen Noonan 

Matt Staley* 

Amy Enking* 

Anna Long 

Mike Norton 

Jon Steele* 

Donald Fenwick 

Samantha Lydiard* 

Alex Paragios 

Keith Tower* 

Lesley Foss 

Lori Mabie 

Katie Parker* 

Keri Tucker 

Stacy George* 

Maria Magazzu 

Tina Patient* 

Jarrod VanDerwerken 
Stephanie Williams 


The All-Sports 

Banquet was held in Ma] 

/ to recognize the 

accomplishments of the 

athletes this year. 

Coaches presented team and 

individual awards. Jennifer Lesnick '02 and Eric 

Lewandoski '02 were named Student-Athletes of the Year. 

Crew Is the Fastest 
Growing Club Team 
at Lasell 

and dark by the banks of the Charles, but 
the Lasell boathouse is filled with a dedi- 
cated group of rowers who are preparing to 
go out on the river. The sculls and shells lie 
in the water alongside the dock, the oars 
have been inserted, and all is ready for the 
morning's practice. 

Members of the Crew Club gather by the banks of the Charles 
in the early morning. 

The Crew Club has only been recently rein- 
stalled, but interest and enthusiasm is growing. 
What started as a sport for women now includes 
men. As their skill levels increase, club members 
are looking forward to entering competition for 
the first time. 

"I saw a flyer at orientation," says Katey Seavey 
'05, the only woman at a Friday practice in an oth- 
erwise all male four-person shell. "Crew was some- 
thing different and it seemed like a great way to 
meet people." Like most of the club members, Katey 
is new to the sport but she has caught on quickly. 

"I wanted to do it my freshman year," 
explains Dan Costa '04, "so I was really pleased 
when crew opened up to male students this year. 
Now we have the numbers, the motivation, and 
the heart." 

An arrangement has been made with Charles 
River Canoe and Kayak. In exchange for their use 
of the Lasell boathouse, they have agreed to pro- 
vide coaching for the club members, as well as the 
use of their single sculls. The Club is able to use 
Lesley University's four-man shell, in return for 
storage. As the program grows and they entercom- 
petitions, a goal is for the College to own a shell. 

Crew is a sport that requires year round dedi- 
cation. Not only are the rowers on the river in the 
fall and spring, they must also run during the 
week and maintain a weight training program. 
"If s great exercise and good fun," smiles Jillian 
Benson '04. 

The enthusiasm of the club members is helping 
to spread the word about rowing at Lasell and 
the students are working hard and looking 
forward to their first regatta. *»• 

FALL 2002 






A Word from 
the Director of 
Alumni Affairs... 

Dear Alumni: 

It was great to host so many of you on 
campus for Reunion Weekend in May 2002! 
In spite of the less than 
perfect weather, it seems 
that many of you dis- 
covered that there can 
be real magic in revisit- 
ing your past. It was 
wonderful to see all the 
old friendships being 
rekindled. Our most 
senior alum in atten- 
dance was Barbara 
Ordway Brewer from 
the Class of 1935. The 
alums who came the farthest distance were 
Trudy Ruch Kauffman '42 from Los Angeles, 
CA and Phyllis Gleason Riley '52, from Chula 
Vista, CA. 

We tried something new this year with 
affinity programming — calling together all 
majors from the PTA, Fashion, and Education 
disciplines regardless of their class year. We 
will try a similar strategy for Reunion 2003 
(May 16-18) using different majors. This gives 
you a chance to serve as a mentor, ask sage 
advice from someone in the same business 
and hear from dynamic speakers about cur- 
rent trends in your field. If s a great network- 
ing opportunity. 

Thanks to all of you for being such active, 
engaged alumni. Your presence at Lasell 
enriches us all. So, please stay in touch with 
us. We look forward to hosting everyone for 
Reunion '03, especially those class years that 
end in "3" and "8." 

Karen Gill, Director of 
Alumni Affairs 

Call for Nominations 
for Lasell Medallion 

Alumni Association's Board of Management selects 
individuals to receive the Lasell Medallion. 

Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

The bronze award may be presented to "any 
member of the Lasell family who, by virtue of 
distinguished service to the College or society 
at large, has brought added honor to the name 
Lasell." Nominations for the 2003 award, which 
will be presented at the Reunion Convocation 
on May 17, should be sent to Medallion Chair, 
Lasell College Office of Alumni Affairs, 
1844 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 

The 2002 recipients' Medallions were present- 
ed by President de Witt, who made the following 

Marjorie Westgate Doran '37 

This is Marge's 65th Lasell Reunion and the 
College is extremely privileged to have an alumna 
who has been so continuously generous with her 
time and talent. Philanthropy is a concept that 
was imbued in both Marge and her late husband, 
Ben, from childhood. A Dartmouth graduate, Ben 
was "true green," but he was a strong supporter 
of Marge's remaining loyal and connected to the 
"blue" of Lasell. 

Always willing to host alumni events in both 
New Hampshire and Florida, in 1994 Marge took 
on the additional responsibility of being an 
Overseer of the College. In 1998, the Dorans were 
strong supporters of the decision to admit men, 
having personally seen the benefits of going co-ed 
when their daughter Brewer (now Lasell's 
Associate Dean, School of Business and 
Information Technology) was accepted into the 
first class of women to be admitted at Dartmouth. 

I was touched by the Dorans' support when 
they made a surprise gift, The Thomas E. J. de 
Witt Endowed Fund for Presidential Innovation, 
and I was proud to officiate at the dedication this 
past December of the Doran Computer Lab, which 
was given in Ben's memory. 

While raising four children, Marge found time 
to be involved with their school parents' associa- 
tion, her church, the American Red Cross, the 
United Way, and Planned Parenthood. She now 

has six grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren 
who enrich her life and certainly must bring 
smiles to her fellow Lasell Villagers when they 
come to visit. Marge was one of the first Lasell 
Village residents and has been active in her role as 
liaison between the Village and the College. 

Barbara Stickle Mode '47 

Involved, energetic, and imaginative are 
words that convey the spirit and commitment that 
Barbara has always shown and Lasell is lucky to 
have her as such an involved alumna. Returning 
for her 25th reunion in 1972, her interest in the 
College was rekindled and she soon joined the 
Alumni Board of Management. It was during this 
period, as chair of Special Events, that this "Not 
Your Ordinary" woman inaugurated the "Not 
Your Ordinary Raffle" as a fundraiser, for student 

From 1997-1999, Barbara served as President 
of the Alumni Association. As a Corporator of the 
College, she has been an active member of numer- 

continued on page 17 

Marjorie Westgate Doran '37 speaks after receiving her 
Lasell Medallion 


Many Lasell alumni can currently be found teaching 
at the Barn. "We're lucky because we get to know 
these women as undergraduates, realize how quali- 
fied they are, and are ready to make them a job offer 
before anyone else can get their hands on them! We 
have the 'cream of the crop/" says Cindy Baron, 
Director of the Holway Child Study Centers. 
Top row left to right — Amy Branson '01, Jennifer 
Dank '96, Christine Therrien '01, Julia Zack '02 
Bottom row left to right — Aisha Thomas '01, Kellee 
Cormier '02, Jennifer Cardillo '98. 


Reunion Weekend 

Commencement Weekend 

May 16-18, 2003 

Includes "Lasell Night at the Pops" 

on the Lasell green with the 

New Philharmonia Orchestra. 



FALL 2002 

^.1 B IT 



Barbara Stickle Mode '47 was awarded the Lasell Medallion and was joined by her daughter 
and son. 



ous committees, including offering her considered opinion to the group that 
conducted in-depth research on Lasell's possible move to co-education. She 
has spent many volunteer hours helping Lasell fulfill its mission. 

A talented interior designer, Barbara established her own design firm in 
1982 and she has donated her expertise to the College, rejuvenating de Witt 
Hall, the faculty dining room and several reception rooms in Hamel House. 
When not contemplating fabrics and colors, she can be found training and 
showing standard poodles, one of whom achieved celebrity status, putting 
Barbara on the local television circuit. Perhaps they also knew of her wonder- 
ful singing voice and her years with the Orpheans. »■ 

Calling All Alumni Athletes! 


Saturday and Sunday October 19 & 20 at the Lasell College 
campus and Stoller Boathouse. 

The offices of Athletics and Alumni Affairs will host an alumni athletes' 
reception on the back patio area of the Athletic Center at 2:00 pm on 
Saturday. This follows the Men's Soccer game on Taylor Field, the 
Women's Volleyball match and precedes the Women's Soccer game. 

The century-old war canoes are still used for the River Day competition 
and have all been completely restored. They will be put into service on 
Sunday at 11:00 am at the boathouse and need alumni paddlers! Picnic 
lunch to follow. Please contact your fellow teammates and pass the word 
and plan to come back to campus. **■ 


Jim Boudreau, Lasell Archivist 1993-2001 

The Lasell Alumni, Inc. 
Board of Management has 
donated a plaque in memory 
of Tim Boudreau who was so 
passionate about preserving 
Lasell's rich history. It resides 
in the Archives display case 
in the Winslow Academic 
Center and states: 

The Board of Management 
of Lasell Alumni, Inc. 
acknowledges with apprecia- 
tion the many contributions 
and years of service of Tim 
Boudreau, Lasell College 

Letter from the President 
of the Alumni Association 

Dear Fellow Alumni: 

I begin my second year as President of the Lasell Alumni Associa- 
tion with a thank you to the Board of Management, Karen Gill, and 
Emily Alter for helping me so very much during the first year of my 
Presidency. I could not have done it without their support. 

We once again had a successful "Not Your Ordinary Raffle." We 
were able to award seven students with scholarships totaling $9,000. 
The students selected have in common their dedication to Lasell 
along with high academic standards and histories of community 
service. We are looking for other areas of fundraising and would 
appreciate ideas from alums. 

The Archives Committee is actively working with the archivist 
and librarian collecting items and artifacts of the College. If you have 
items to donate, please do so. You may call the Alumni Office for 
more information. 

Our Annual Meeting was held on May 18th during Reunion 
Weekend with many alums in attendance. Graduation was held on 
Sunday, May 19th. At that time, after the students received their 
diplomas, I welcomed them into the Lasell Alumni Association. 
It was the first graduating class where men received their diplomas 
after completing four years at Lasell. This was special for me as I 
was able to welcome them as Lasell alums. All graduates were pre- 
sented with a rose and a Lasell car decal as a gift from the Alumni 

It has been a pleasure for me to serve as President and I look for- 
ward to another successful and busy year. 

Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50 




If you have some 
memories of your Lasell 
days which you would like 
to share, please send them to: 

Lasell Leaves Editor, 
1884 Commonwealth Ave., 
Newton, MA 02466-2716. 

If you would be inter- 
ested in sponsoring or 

helping to organize an 
alumni event in the future, 
please contact Karen Gill ' 

Director of Alumni Affairs, 
at (617) 243-2139. 

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Corporate sponsors Dave and Jennifer Burgoyne Sementelli '80, owners of D&S 
Landscaping, met Livingston Taylor at Hamel House before the concert. 

President Tom de Witt introduced Chairman of the Board of Trustees Carol Cacciamani '65 to 
the Commencement speaker, Robert Reich. 

The most senior alumna in attendance, Barbara Ordway Brewer '35, was escorted by 
President de Witt, in honor of her 67th reunion. 

Young alums who went through the Bachelor degree program under the auspices 
of President Tom de Witt are Michelle Strathie '92, Sherri Scichilone Collins '92, 
Patti Beck '97, and Jean Petrino '97. 



FALL 2002 


Despite the valiant efforts of fans, heaters and prayers — Mother Nature won and the 
beautiful tent was abandoned for the warmth and dryness of the indoors. 


A pause in the bad weather allowed for an informal gathering of some '52ers out on the 
Saunders Sesquicentennial Alumni Plaza. 


CLASS OF 1952 

me etsh er 


FIRST ROW: Peggy Bostwick Farnsworth, Ruth Brown Taylor, Vilma Barbuto Herrick, Dottie Mulhere Barrett, Bunny 
Clark Green, Jean MacLeod Marian SECOND ROW: Marge Rudolf Mesinger, Jean Aslaksen Podimsky, Fran Peters 
mlevy, Winnie Domark Moylan, Carole French Willis, Helen McCulloch Allen, Shirley Warriner Randall THIRD 
ROW: Mary Grill Turton, Phyllis Gleason Riley, Joanne Purcell Brooker, Adrienne DeMaria White, Joeyna Raynal 
Rearwin, Ginny Snedaker Marschall, Ginny Johnson Irwin, Terry Wingate Machette, Peggy Thompson Wheatley 
FOURTH ROW: Marie Piotti Maier, Mary Ann DeDominicis Ciccio, Alice Baker Alexander, Mary Lou Woodward 
Robinson, Ruth Easterlind Cederberg, Barbara Herzog Burns FIFTH ROW — STANDING: Gloria Lee Donovan, Joyce 
Carroll Mulcahy, Roslyn Rowell Levesque, Norma Heep Miller, Mary Miller Henrique, Carolyn Powers Fontaine, 
Chloe Comstock Singarella, Barbara Wenzel Boucher, Bobbie Trout Krohn, Marilyn McGuire 

Bn Sl*ndcl* k L ew *saf avn . 

Livingston Taylor wowed the crowd with his performance. 

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Affinity Reunions Held During 2002 
Reunion/Commencement Weekend 

(PTA) offered special programming that included guest speakers who spoke to students 
majoring in these fields as well as alumni who had returned to campus. 

PTA speaker Mauria Falcone is presented a thank you gift 
by Associate Dean Lisa Harris. 

Reunion Weekend 

May 16 -18, 2003 

Reunion Coordinators for 2003 

'28 - 75th Alumni Office 

'33 - 70th Alumni Office 

'38 - 65th Arlene Wishart Sylvester 

'43 - 60th Priscilla Spence Hall 

'48 - 55th Judy Tracy Shanahan 

'53 - 50th Elsie Knaus Klemt 

'58 - 45th Betty Anderson Fairchild 

'63 - 40th Karin Skooglund Bartow 

'68 - 35th Cindy Rardin Crawford 

'73 - 30th Jane Ferraro Klugman 

'78 - 25th Libby Edwards de Verges 

'83 - 20th Caroline Knoener-Skowronek 

'88 - 15th Susan Scichilone Presti 

'93 - 10th Tracey Provost Downs 

'98 - 5th Urit Chaimovitz 

Mauria Vallas Falcone, physical therapist and 
national speaker, addressed this year's PTA 
graduates at their pinning ceremony. With 25 
years of experience in her field, it was apparent 
that she has a passion for what she does. "What 
we do is important and life changing," she said. 
"Joy pushes me into wanting more. The satisfac- 
tion is addictive." 

Telling the graduates to set their sights on 
attainable goals, she also emphasized the impor- 
tance of self-confidence. "You must believe in 
your treatment. Make your assessment based 
on the patient, not just on the pathology, and 
make your patient believe that he or she is your 
only patient. There is a bridge of trust that is 
forged with knowledge, skill, compassion and 

She closed her remarks by reminding the 
graduates that PTA requires life-long learning 
and emphasized the need for staying current. 
"Lasell has the best PTA graduates in the field," 
she said, "go make a difference in people's lives.' 

Dr. Judith Schickedanz answers questions at the Education 
Affinity Reunion. 

Dr. Judith A. Schickedanz, professor of educa- 
tion at Boston University and author of published 
works on child development, spoke at the Educa- 
tion Affinity Reunion on "Promoting Early Litera- 
cy." A strong advocate of early literacy 
instruction that gives all children an equal start, 
she noted that so much diversity in schools today 
means that children come to school with a wide 
range of skills and experiences. **• 




$100 Cash prize 

$100 Savings account 

$50 Gift Certificate to Scrapbooks, etc. 

$100 Cash prize 

$100 Cash prize 

$ 75 Gift Certificate to Gleason's Flowers 

One-year on-line subscription-Want Advertiser 

One-year on-line subscription-Want Advertiser 

$100 Cash prize 

$100 Cash prize 

$50 Floral Arrangement 

$100 value Gift basket 

$1800 photograph valued by Japanese artist 

$100 Cash prize 

$100 Gift Certificate to William-Sonoma 

$100 Cash prize 

3-Month Membership to JCC 

$100 Gift Certificate - Marriott Hotel 

$100 Cash Prize 

$175 Irtdoor Rock Climbing Party for 10 

2 tickets - Turtle Lane Playhouse 

$100 Cash prize 

$100 Cash prize 

Leica Camera 

Mind /Body Gift Certificate 

Bird Sculpture 

Shirley Olesen Somes '49 

Lela Graham Moses '61 

Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 

Rona Ruderman Goldstein '61 

Jean Walters Goble '42 

Mary McDermott Muir '63 

Frank Belinowiz 

Winifred Northrup Mudge '42 

Susan Coster Malsin '64 

Mrs. Michael Fine 

Mrs. Richard Fortes 

Carrieann Ray '97 

Deb Lestch '95 

Doris Stewart Sutton '51 

Susan Ridley '40 

K.C Novak '66 

Joanne McEvoy Blomstrom '49 

Stormy Horton Bell '92 

Linda Foster Nixon '65 


Marie Piotti Maier '52 

Carolyn Snook Rauscher '50 

Mrs. W. S. Kane 

Barbara Linnitt Morton '44 

Elizabeth Fenn '57 

Anita Angelus Koulopoulos '50 

We gratefully acknowledge that BHF Printing of Norwood, MA donated all printing 

Proceeds of $2,635 benefited the Alumni Scholarship Fund. 

Anyone who would like to donate an item, gift certificate, vacation home, etc., 

please contact Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Affairs, at (617) 243-2139. 



FALL 2002 


Vwi% T •" 

Director of Annual 
Giving Noni Linton 

Lasell's Annual Fund 
Triumphs Again! 

parents, friends, faculty and staff for their loyalty and generosity to 
the College's most important fundraising program, the Annual 
Fund, bringing the 2001-2002 Annual Fund total to a new high with 
a grand total of $566,751. 

For 11 consecutive years, Lasell supporters 
have made it possible for the Lasell College 
Annual Fund to increase its funding for unre- 
stricted operating expenses including student 
financial aid, academic and athletic prograrruming, 
library resources, and ongoing maintenance of the 
beautiful Lasell buildings and grounds. 

This year, increasing our Annual Fund was a 
real challenge as the economic downturn and the 
shock of the September 11 tragedy forced every- 
one to reassess priorities. Fortunately the mem- 
bers of the Lasell College volunteer boards — 
Trustees, Overseers, Corporators and Alumni 
Board of Management — indicated their continu- 
ing commitment to Lasell's future through their 
contributions to the Annual Fund. Particularly 
gratifying was the response to the College's 
newest Annual Fund recognition club, the 1851 
Society, which recognizes donors of extraordinary 
gifts of $25,000 and above to the Lasell College 
Annual Fund. The three donors who stepped for- 
ward to be included in this group, Coleman 
Casey and the Helen M. Saunders Foundation, 
Trustee and former Chairman of the Lasell Board 
of Trustees Richard Holway, and alumna Joan 
Howe Weber '51, have truly made a difference at 
Lasell, leading the way for solid growth in the 
College's future. 

Joining the 1851 Society donors and the Lasell 
College board members was a loyal group of reg- 
ular donors who recognize that our country's 
future lies in today's young people and made the 
Lasell Annual Fund a priority in their charitable 
plans, knowing that their gifts can make a real 
difference at a small institution such as Lasell. A 
highlight of this year was the wonderful response 
from Lasell faculty and staff, who raised nearly 
$17,000 from 18% of their numbers in the first- 
ever Annual Fund appeal to this group! 

Of course, success such as that enjoyed by the 
Annual Fund for the past 11 years does not hap- 
pen without a lot of help from members of the 
reunion classes. Many of the loyal cadre of Lasell 
alumni who served on reunion committees gave 
their time to contact classmates with phone calls 
and notes, or wrote personal notes on letters to 

Sincere thanks to you all for keeping our 
Annual Fund growing and for helping to assure a 
strong Lasell College for future generations of 
Lasell students and alumni. **- 

K^)(n^ L.7ujh~iA^ 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Villagers Show Support 

with Donation to Annual Fund 

of how symbiotic the two have become is the interest of one Village couple in giving to the 
Annual Fund. "We recognize that the two are intertwined, and if the College weren't here, 
there would be no Village," say the donors. 

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, 
heard about the Village through their children, 
who live in Auburndale. "We were lucky because 
we were able to buy one of the last available 
units," they recall. "The educational component 
was of real interest to us. It is truly unique. We 
are in a community that has great professors and 
very talented fellow Villagers. The people we are 
surrounded and taught by are all exceptional." 

Having served on college boards, these Vil- 
lagers understand the importance of supporting 
an institution financially. "We've always support- 
ed the colleges we and our children attended and 

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now we feel very tied to Lasell. We wanted to 
give but weren't sure where to take the check, so 
we walked over to the Business Office. It wasn't 
until later that we met Noni Linton, the Director 
of Annual Giving." 

"Our gift is a thank you to Tom de Witt and 
the Board of Trustees for providing such a won- 
derful facility. Tom had a dream and he made it 
a reality. This took a lot of doing. He had the 
vision and the trustees get great credit for back- 
ing his judgment." 

The couple hasn't had a moment's doubt since 

Captain Has 
What It Takes 

When this year's Phonathon captain 
Allison Blackmore '03 arrives at the Institu- 
tional Advancement Office she does so with 
a bounce in her step and an enthusiastic 
smile on her face. "I truly love talking to 
alumni," she exclaims, and with three years 
of experience already tucked under her belt, 
she is looking forward to her role of captain 
this year. 

On the phone, Allison has a way of 
finding a common spark with the alumna 

she is talking to. 
"People like being 
heard, and I'm 
interested in what 
they have to say," 
she says. "Once I 
got so involved in 
a conversation 
that 45 minutes 
just flew by." 

Lee Goldstein, 
Lasell College's 
Phonathon Super- 
visor, is confident that this year's Phonathon 
may prove to be the most successful to date, 
with Allison leading the student core. "Alli- 
son possesses an outstanding display of con- 
fidence and character over the phone. Her 
friendly demeanor and personal charm 
make her the obvious choice for this year's 

Allison is a Human Services major and 
says, "I want to make a difference." For 
her internship sophomore year she was the 
activities director at Chetwin Nursing Home 
and this semester she will be at Brookline 
High School. "1 will be shadowing in their 
'Opportunity for Change' program that has 
been established for troubled teens," she 
explains. "I'll be sitting in on parent /teacher 
conferences and I will be exposed to 

With her natural ability to connect, Allison 
will be as huge an asset to the high school 
program as she is to the Phonathon. »• 

Allison Blackmore 

moving into their apartment. "We've seen other 
college communities, and this is a great place to 
live. We enjoy taking classes, going on the trips 
that have been organized for the Villagers, and 
just walking around campus. This is a very 
attractive place to be." 

The recognition of the bonds between the Col- 
lege and the Village is a strong endorsement of 
how successful the relationship is. "It is important 
for the Villagers to have Lasell be financially 
sound and a first rate educational institution, and 
we are pleased to be able to contribute to its 
future." *± 



Music to Be Heard on Campus with the 
Funding of a Chorus 

campus this fall thanks to the generosity of Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36. The College 
has a strong musical tradition and members of the Orphean Club still take to the stage 
during Reunion Weekend, but it has been a while since there has been an active chorus. 

"I feel strongly that music rounds out the cul- 
tural experience for students at the College," 
explains Mrs. Van Winkle, "and so, when Presi- 
dent de Witt asked me if I would be interested in 
funding a chorus, I was delighted to oblige." 

"I have always been interested in music," she 
continues. "My mother was the lead soprano in 
her choir and my father played the organ. While 
at Lasell, I was a member of the Orphean Club 
and I just loved to sing. I was disappointed when 
Lasell dropped all of its singing groups and am 
so pleased that students will now have this 
opportunity again." 

Music instructor Ivana Pinho will be the direc- 
tor of the chorus and already has many ideas 
about what the year's program will include. "I 

want a diverse repertoire that will also be multi- 
cultural," Ivana explains, "and I'm excited that 
the group will be intergenerational, open to stu- 
dents, Villagers, faculty and staff. No previous 
experience is required!" 

"Last spring semester I ran a three credit class 
for students interested in choral singing. We gave 
a presentation at the end and many of the stu- 
dents expressed an interest in wanting to contin- 
ue. I am delighted that this opportunity will now 
be available to them," she says. 

This fall the chorus will meet once a week in 
Yamawaki and will be preparing a program for a 
December presentation. In May, the chorus will 
perform at Commencement. 

Last year some of the students in Ivana's class 

Adelaide Van Winkle, benefactor of the new Lasell chorus, 
compares "notes" with singer Livingston Taylor, during 
Reunion Weekend in May. 

doubted that they could really sing. "By the end 
of class they were very pleased with what they 
had accomplished. I made a tape of what they 
sounded like at the beginning and again at the 
final performance. They were very excited by the 
extremely positive results." 

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Van Winkle, all 
members of the College community will have the 
chance to test their talent by joining the new chorus. **• 

•A" Wj! 

'i ,$> 

Giving Is Rewarding to Both Donor and College 

donor can match his or her interests with a project, everyone involved becomes a benefi- 
ciary. Both Trustee Sally Andrews and Overseer Robin Parry can attest to this. They 
recently made gifts that will enable several of Associate Dean Steven Bloom's Honors 
students to attend the National Collegiate Honors Council's conference this spring (see 
story on page 5). 

"I was put on the Academic Affairs Committee for a reason," says Sally 
Andrews. "When I became involved with Lasell, first as an overseer and 
now as a trustee, I knew immediately that academic programs were where 
my interest lay. In school I was not an athlete. I was in the music program, 
and I saw how critically important it is for all areas to receive funds. The 
"big game" does not necessarily have to be played on a field. 

When Steve Bloom made his presentation and request for funds to the 
Academic Affairs Committee, Sally had an immediate response. "I was sur- 
prised that my reaction was emotional," she remembers. "I have been fortu- 
nate in my career to have had bosses who encouraged me to attend 
meetings and give presentations. This enabled me to 'show my stuff,' meet 
interesting people, and hear their perspectives. 

"Conferences make a huge impression and if s wonderful that the Hon- 
ors students will be able to go this April. Not only will they be reinforcing 
their public speaking skills and their self-confidence, they will also be bring- 
ing back what they have learned to the College. 

"Not all of us are in a position to give a huge amount of money to the 
College and it is important for people to know that even these relatively 
small gifts can mean a lot. I'm very pleased to have been able to make a 

National Collegiate 

Honors Council 


donation that will give students this opportunity. They will be representing 
Lasell and themselves and everyone will be a winner." 

Robin Parry is a relative newcomer to the Board of Overseers and has 
been impressed with the growth and changes she has seen at Lasell. "The 
leadership and creativity in constant evidence at all levels of the college 
motivated me to make a donation to the Annual Fund and, simultaneously, 
to Professor Bloom's National Collegiate Honors Council program. 

"When Steve spoke with me about the conference, I immediately saw the 
many possibilities for enhancing Lasell students' connected-learning experi- 
ences and wanted to help him get this program idea off the ground," says 
Robin. "As a seasoned veteran in the world of work, I am keenly aware of 
the challenges faced by young people in preparing themselves and in hon- 
ing their knowledge and skills to become successful in their chosen fields. 
"I truly appreciate and am enthusiastic about the academic-enhancing 
opportunities available to students at Lasell, a college where students 
receive personalized attention, guidance, coaching and preparation for the 
world of work. No matter how large or small our donations - whether in 
time and /or money - we can all contribute to these students who will 
become our next generation of global citizens." »*• 



FALL 2002 

Cathy Black, director of Major 
Gifts and Planned Giving 

Gifts of Retirement Assets 


own. If you die before you have taken most of your distributions from your IRA, 401 (k), Keogh, or other qualified 
retirement plan, the balance remaining in your plan can be subject to taxes at as much as 75% of its value. With this 
in mind, these assets are a logical source for charitable gifts. 

A few facts about qualified retirement plans... 

During your lifetime, the law requires that cer- 
tain rrunimum distributions be drawn from your 
retirement accounts after you reach age 70. These 
distributions are subject to federal income tax at 
your current tax rate. Failure to take these 
required distributions results in a 50% penalty tax 
on the undistributed amount. 

At your death, the assets in your qualified 
retirement plan can be transferred without incur- 
ring estate tax. However, when your spouse dies, 
any remaining plan assets become subject to mul- 
tiple levels of taxation. This can create a scenario 
where as little as 20 cents on the dollar is avail- 
able for your family or loved ones. If these assets 
are donated to Lasell College, all taxes may be 

There are several ways to donate retirement 
assets to Lasell: 

• Name Lasell as the beneficiary of your retire- 
ment plan. Simply fill out a "Change of Ben- 
eficiary Form" provided by your plan 
administrator. If your spouse is living, state 
law may require that he or she sign a 
"Spousal Waiver of Benefits" form. Since 
such gift intentions are technically revocable, 

no immediate charitable deduction is 
allowed. However, your estate will receive a 
deduction at your death. 

• You can also make withdrawals from your 
plan as early as age 59, or use required dis- 
tributions starting at age 70 to make a cur- 
rent outright gift to Lasell during your 
lifetime. While such withdrawals /distribu- 
tions from your plan will be subject to 
income tax*, you will receive an offsetting 
charitable income tax deduction for the full 
amount of your gift, creating a "wash" with 
no negative tax impact. 

If you are considering a gift of retirement 
assets, please contact Lasell's planned giving 
office at (617) 243-2223 so we may discuss with 
you the eventual use of your gift as well as 
answer any other questions you may have. >*- 

* Note that new legislation could include provi- 
sions that would allow people age 59-1/2 and 
older to take money from traditional individual 
retirement accounts and donate it to charity 
without it being subject to income tax. 

Retirement and Philanthropy Go Together 
for Mervin and Rosalind Gray 

Village residents mervin and rosalind gray recently made the 

decision to establish a gift annuity at Lasell College funded by securities. 

pressure could have brought this project to 

This affirmation of their support of the College 
reflects the close ties that have been established 
since the Village's opening in the fall of 2000. 

When asked why they decided to set up a life- 
time annuity for the benefit of Lasell, Mr. Gray 
said the following: 

"Rosalind and I feel fortunate that Lasell Col- 
lege has provided a lovely, secure, and comfort- 
able environment for senior citizens who are 
interested in maintaining their educational, cul- 
tural, and physical activities in a caring and stim- 
ulating community with opportunities for contact 
with the student population. 

"We are particularly aware of the tremendous 
effort, persistence and steadfastness of purpose 
demonstrated by President Tom de Witt (in 
whose honor the gift was made). Only someone 
with his passion, toughness of character and will- 
ingness to withstand tremendous amounts of 

completion. For this we are constantly grateful. 

"Through the years we have attempted to 
donate at least 10 percent of our income to charity. 
In planning our estate, we felt we should contin- 
ue this value. By doing this we do not feel that 
we are depriving our children and grandchildren 
of their inheritance, since 90 percent is still a 
worthwhile remainder, especially with the new 
estate tax laws. 

"By setting up this annuity, we are by no 
means adversely affecting our cash income. The 
annuity pays us an annual income of seven per- 
cent (according to our ages) payable quarterly for 
the rest of our lives. 

"We feel blessed to be in this community, 
and this lifetime annuity is an expression of 
our thanks." Lasell is equally blessed to have 
Villagers who care and contribute so much. **■ 

For more information on how gift planning 
can benefit you and Lasell, please call Cathy 
Black, director of Major Gifts and Planned 
Giving at (617) 243-2223 or fill out this form 
and mail to: 

The Heritage Society 

Office of Institutional Advancement 

Lasell College 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

Please send information on: 
Retirement Assets 

Charitable Bequests 

Lasell Gift Annuities 

Charitable Trusts 

Heritage Society Membership 

Gifts of Appreciated Securities 








All responses will be held in strictest confidence. 

FALL 2002 




Listings that appear in capital letters denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. 
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147. 




8 Sunday CASTLETON STATE (Scrimmage) 


12 Thursday 
14 Saturday 



4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 

6 Fitchbuxg State College 4:30 p.m. 

SHussan College(overnight in Maine)*4:00 p.m. 
©Thomas College* 12:00 p.m. 

© WNEC* 12:00 p.m. 

<ri> Wheelock College* 7:30 p.m. 



1 Tuesday 









@ Simmons College* 



© Regis College 




§ Elms College* 



2 Saturday NAC Quarterfinals 
5 Tuesday NAC Semi-finals 
9 Saturday NAC Finals 
"North Atlantic Conference Game 
** Parents Cookout 
'"Friends & Family Weekend 

Head Coach: Jessica King (4th year) 
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (4th year) 


7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m.* 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
11:00 a.m.' 
3:30 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 








































@ Massasoit College (scrimmage) 
© Tufts University 
@Mass College 
© New England College 
© Salem State College 

©Elms College* 



© Johnson State College* 

@ Castleton State College* 





3:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 

3:30 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 


2 Saturday Quarterfinals TBA 

6 Wednesday Semi-finals TBA 

9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Championship TBA 

*North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (5th year) 
Assistant Coach: Tony Cayatte (2nd year) 



5 Thursday UMASS BOSTON 

9 Monday © Emerson College 


17 Tuesday © Fitchburg State College 


26 Thursday @ Pine Manor College 



3 Thursday 
5 Saturday 
7 Monday 

12 Saturday 

13 Sunday 

16 Wednesday 
19 Saturday 
22 Tuesday 
25 Friday 
27 Sunday 
30 Wednesday 



©Becker College* 

@ Johnson State College* 

© Castleton State College* 




© Lesley College* 


© Mt. Ida College* 


3 Sunday NAC /Quarterfinal 
7 Thursday NAC /Semi-finals 

4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 

4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 


9 Saturday NAC Finals 

* Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 

** Friends & Family Weekend 

Head Coach: David Glidden (2nd year) 
Assistant Coach: Laura Noah (2nd year) 



6 Friday 

7 Saturday 

8 Sunday 
11 Wednesday 
14 Saturday 
17 Tuesday 
19 Thursday 

21 Saturday 

22 Sunday 

23 Monday 

27 Friday 

28 Saturday 


I Tuesday 
5 Saturday 

II Friday 
12 Saturday 
19 Saturday 

21 Monday 

22 Tuesday 
31 Thursday 


Springfield Tournament 
Springfield Tournament 



TRI-MATCH BAY PATH / ELMS* 12:00 p.m. 

@ Mount Ida* 6:00 p.m. 

@ Westfield State College 7:00 p.m. 

© Colby-Sawyer tri-match w / Anna Maria TBA 


@ Rivier College 7:00 p.m. 

@ Bridgewater Tourney TBA 

@ Bridgewater Tourney TBA 

Suffolk University 7:00 p.m. 
Tri-match Wentworth & UMass (@ Went) 12:00 p.m. 

©Eastern Connecticut Tourney TBA 

©Eastern Connecticut Tourney TBA 

BECKER /EMERSON Tri-Match* 12:30 p.m. 

© Lesley College* 7:00 p.m. 

REGIS COLLEGE 7:00 p.m. 

©Anna Maria College 7:00 p.m. 


1 Friday © Brandeis Tournament TBA 

2 Saturday © Brandeis Tournament TBA 
6 Wednesday North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals TBA 
9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Semi-finals & Finals TBA 
*North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: Mary Tom (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (6th year) 



22 Friday ©Plattsburg Tourney TBA 

23 Saturday ©Plattsburg Tourney TBA 

26 Tuesday SIMMONS COLLEGE 7:00 p.m. 


3 Tuesday 
5 Thursday 
7 Saturday 
10 Tuesday 


14 Tuesday 
16 Thursday 
18 Saturday 

21 Tuesday 
23 Thursday 

25 Saturday 

26 Sunday 
28 Tuesday 
30 Thursday 


4 Tuesday 

13 Thursday 

15 Saturday 
18 Tuesday 
20 Thursday 

22 Saturday 



28 Friday 


1 Saturday 

©Emmanuel College 6:00 p.m. 


©Maine Maritime Academy* 12:00 p.m. 






©MIT 7:00 p.m. 

© Castleton State College* 2:00 p.m. 

© Johnson State College* 1:00p.m. 

© Mount Ida College* 6:00 p.m. 

© Becker College* 6:00 p.m. 

© Tufts University 7:00 p.m. 

© Lesley University* 7:30 p.m. 

©St Joe's ME 2:00 p.m. 

BECKER COLLEGE* 6:00 p.m. 

BAY PATH COLLEGE* 8:00 p.m. 

© Elms College* 6:00 p.m. 

© Wheelock College* 5:00 p.m. 


NAC Quarterfinal TBA 

NAC Semi-finals TBA 

NAC Finals TBA 

* Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 
Head Coach: Dan Hunt (2nd year) 



22 Friday 

23 Saturday 
26 Tuesday 

Williams Tourney 
Williams Tourney 
@ Framingham State College 

8:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 

5 Thursday @ Fitchburg State College 

7 Saturday © Maine Maritime Academy* 

12 Thursday © Westfield State College 




18 Saturday © St. Joseph's Maine 

21 Tuesday © Amherst College 

25 Saturday © Castleton State College* 

26 Sunday © Johnson State College* 
30 Thursday © Becker College* 


I Saturday 
4 Tuesday 
6 Thursday 

II Tuesday 
13 Thursday 
15 Saturday 
18 Tuesday 
22 Saturday 
25 Tuesday 
28 Friday 



© Mount Ida College* 




© Elms College* 


NAC Quarterfinals 

NAC Semi-finals 


1 Saturday NAC Finals 

*Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 

Head Coach: Chris Harvey (3rd year) 
Assistant Coaches: Reggie Hobbs (3rd year) 
Ryan Kilian (2nd year) 


8:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 
5:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 


9/13 Rivier College 

9/14 Mass Maritime 

9/21 TBA 

9/28 Elms College 

10/5 TBA 

10/12 Roger Williams 

10/19 Regis 

10/19 Rivier 

10/19 Westfield State 

10/26 Conn College 

11/2 NAC Championships 

11/9 ECAC Championships 

11/16 NCAA Regionals 








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